Tonight was our nine year anniversary of opening the restaurant and unlike years past we didn't have a big event. Truth be told we were having a hard time coming up with ideas that would top the last two years and were reserving our planning for next year. Ten seems like a good year for a bash.
We had a normal night of service, with a few special guests, Chef John Ash came in for dinner, as did some local wine makers and a radio personality from Santa Rosa. Some people from Vacaville who always bring us gifts came with an embroidered chef's uniform for the Sardine, with his name on the hat, the restaurant's name on the coat. A former employee who is now expecting (she called to tell us "you're going to be grandparents') came in and had dinner with the GM & Sardine.
In many ways it felt right. Just another night, but with reminders around of the lives we've touched, the people who have helped us get where we are and the people who will help us get where we are going.