The overall vibe was very good. Close quarters combined with Japanese comfort food helped ensure an informal tone and the menu's product quality was top-notch. Shout out to all our customers -- many bakestand patrons, FB followers, and Durhamites in-the-know came out, along with two Triangle rock stars (who just happen to be vegan).
From the get-go (5:30PM), we were slammed till around 10PM. Sorry to all the folks who made other plans as the wait for a table quickly backed up to more than two hours. We will likely expand the set-up next time to accommodate more patrons. Arriving super-early or super-late is still a good move regardless to assure a seat.
Everbody had to wait. My son Elijah, outside Ninth Street, snacking on a pouch
The crew: Extra big thanks to Val, Andy, Chef Matt, and RML (!). Prep and execution made for two long nights and you guys are like marathon men and women dedicated to a culinary cause.
Track of the Night (consensus, 10:30PM):
Next Up Pop Up: Ottolenghi?