Booty’s Street Food, and the Case of the Monster Opening Weekend
I apologized on Saturday for disappearing on everybody for close to a month, but it was on Facebook, so that barely counts. What happened? Where did I go? Blah blah blah?
Remember way back in the day when we announced we were opening our very own brick-and-mortar location in New Orleans called Booty’s? Well, we finally freaking did it! After a year and a half of hunting for the perfect spot (and finding it!), demolition, construction, blood, sweat, and tears, Booty’s Street Food opened to the public on Friday night.
Within twenty minutes of opening, we were completely packed. And it stayed that way for three days! We’re talking, standing room only, not a seat in the house at some points. Chef Greg Fonseca’s menu brought in rave review after rave review. Jeremy JR Thompson’s cocktail program had the whole place boozin’ and bumpin’. A good time was had by all. For three days!
Now back to my disappearance. I spent November wearing my construction hat literally helping to build Booty’s with our crew. I’ve never felt so butch, or so proud of myself or the work I’m capable of. I barely had time to sleep or eat, let alone tend to my UB flock. And it only got worse for opening weekend. I spent Saturday night washing dishes until 1:30 AM in my “I’m a restauranteur!” clothes. And last night my husband and I crawled into bed for the fourth night in a row for a four hour night of sleep.
But the weekend has passed and Nick and I are getting back to our “day jobs.” We have a phenomenal staff working at Booty’s, and we’re stepping back and trusting them to do the jobs they are here to do. If you love something, let it go, and whatnot. Nick and I will still be around Booty’s much of the time, but on our computers writing for TNOOZ and Unicorn Booty again instead of running food and bussing empty cocktail glasses. So please, if you’re in town, come on by and say hi.
I’m so sorry I left everyone hanging for so long without notice. I kept waking up in the morning thinking the busiest part of building the bar has passed, and kept finding out I was so, so wrong. But now I’m back.
To all those of you who helped make Unicorn Booty the monster success that it is (115,000 Facebook fans?! Squee!), THANK YOU. I hope you’ll all come visit us for some bites and booze down in New Orleans sometime very, very soon. And if you want to show us some love in the meantime, please LIKE Booty’s Street Food on Facebook. Booty’s has a loooong way to go to catch up with UB’s social reach. Let’s make it happen!
And finally, to all those who helped support our Indiegogo campaign last year to help build the bar, we haven’t forgotten about you. We’ll be making good on all of our campaign promises in the very near future. So brace yourselves for those Booty’s shirts.
Now, back to work! Feel free to send me anything juicy you want to see on the site at [email protected]