Before I go too far down this road I do want to acknowledge a certain amount of whining here and to quote an old friend who used to tell me "honey you've got high class problems now".
If you are fortunate enough to gain notoriety for a particular dish you then become obligated to offer it at every possible opportunity or risk the wrath of unhappy customers. Two nights ago we had people take seats, get water and then leave because we didn't have one such dish on the menu. The item in question is out of season. In a week or so it'll be available. It's also an appetizer. I wonder what these people think. Everything else on the menu must be crap? Wouldn't it stand to reason that if you are able to cook one standout dish that there must be at least a few other edible things on the menu?
How sick must they be at the French Laundry of "Oysters & Pearls" or Tongue & Cheek"?
The GM keeps pressing me to change the dish, thinking I'm bored with the preparation. I'm not. It's a good dish, I'm proud of my efforts and feel the attention it's received has been well-deserved. I'm just bored with people who search for it, to the point of being frantic. Or the people who leave because we don't happen to have it.
It happens everywhere. We talked with the manager at Citizen Cake who commiserated. They get the people asking for whatever it was Rachael Ray had there. "Sorry, we don't have that this evening." "But I saw it on Rachael Ray."
I love the press. I love people being able to find out our place exists. I hate that people can't take that information and form opinions on their own. But hey, these are high class problems and I'll stop whining.