Exactly two weeks after opening the doors of his much-anticipated restaurant — Bocconcini Italian Eatery — owner Nathan Toubia had to shut the doors for a couple of days.
The problem he’s having is TOO much success. The numbers for his first two weeks of operation were double what he expected, and he quickly learned that a few areas of his restaurant weren’t quite ready. He decided to close the restaurant yesterday and today to change out his point of service system (the computer system that sends orders to the kitchen), install a new dishwasher and put in a bigger ice machine.
Toubia’s liquor license also came through, so he’s using his two-day closing to get his wine and beer offerings organized and ready to go.
Closing for a couple of days was his only option, he said.
“I would rather take care of my customers to the fullest, and I felt like we weren’t up to par with the way we were were going,” he said.
Bocconcini (whose closing was somewhat inopportunely timed in that it was the VERY DAY Carrie Rengers decided to stop in for lunch) will reopen on Friday morning. Hours for now are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Toubia is toying with the idea of staying open till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays now that he has his liquor license, but he hasn’t decided for sure.
By the way: The most popular dish on Toubia’s menu so far has been the toasted ravioli, he said.