Sunday, 29 March 2009

Milestones

Yesterday Lantana turned 6 months old.

In our opening week, someone who had run a couple of restaurants told me that the next 6 months would be the weirdest time of my life.

Although I don’t have first hand knowledge of having a baby, I sense that starting a new business is a bit like being a first time mother. All the books you read and the advice you receive can’t prepare you for the actual experience of the birth and the first few months of their life; the emotional highs and lows, the physical exhaustion, the heightened sensitivity to any criticism or suggestion that you are doing things wrong or are a bad mother, the reluctance to leave your baby in anyone else’s care and the remnants of food and milk that you constantly find on your clothes.

Looking at Lantana on Saturday morning, I felt incredibly pleased and relieved that we have reached a milestone and survived the first six months.


The cafe is a living, breathing reality which no longer has the fragility and vulnerability of a new born, and I have much more confidence in what I am doing.

Now I need to find that man again to ask him, what happens after 6 months?

According to this parenting guide, "separation and stranger anxiety may begin". Begin?

21 comments:

Boo said...

Congratulations! Keep up the good work

Kang said...

Many happy returns and really great work at Lantana, I went for breakfast last friday and really loved it. Had the pancakes, with the baked pears, really comforting food and I wanted more of the ham & cheese thingies, but they sold out :D

I will blog about my exp soon, til then keep up the really great work!

Shelagh Ryan said...

Thanks Boo and Kang,

Kang, We got hit with a crowd on Friday morning. I'm glad you loved your breakfast despite the mild chaos.

S

judi e luca said...

i really enjoy my lunch at lantana! good food, good people, good place...perfect!
congratulations!!!
:)

Dish said...

In NYC there's a new cafe/wine bar near 2nd Ave and 1st St run by a Manhattan restaurant veteran called Simon - it looks like a mini Lantana and has been open 10 weeks - he says it takes 3 years to hit your stride so you are ahead of the game!

Shelagh Ryan said...

3 years! God I don't know if I have that much stamina.

Helen said...

Oh congratulations! And well done! I can't believe I STILL haven't made it over to you. I will make it a priority I promise!

Susan said...

Congratulations! I was at Lantana on Friday morning -- came straight from the airport after flying in from NYC. Your blog convinced me I had to go, and I was not disappointed. The sauteed field mushrooms knocked me out, but the best part was having a perfect cup of coffee to ward off the jet lag. Wish I could come by every morning!

Little Miss Random said...

Congratulations! I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't yet been to Lantana, but will make it a point to go down there soon.

Sally said...

Hi Shels! Still keeping up with your blog and loving it. Congrats on 6 months. Feels like longer, though, cos I miss you!

Gourmet Chick said...

Congratulations happy Lantana birthday!

Jane said...

Congratulations on 6 months Shels! Lantana is such a lovely creation. Wish I could pop by for some birthday cupcake and a flat white....

Trolleymusic said...

Yay! Happy Lantana Half-Birthday :D!

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