Yesterday was the first night we were open to the public. No big announcement, no performers. We wanted a soft opening to give our staff a chance to warm up and not get swamped but guess what. We got packed right away. Our first guests walked in the door at six and our menus were still warm from printer when I stuck them in their hands. Locals as well as tourists from Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Israel and the US all seemed to enjoy themselves. Everything worked smoothly till about nine when a terrential rainstorm rolled in and moments thereafter resulted in a powerfailure. The people seated up front by the beach covered only by umbrellas had to be moved to the covered dining area but everybody got a table. Jorge quickly brought all the torches out and placed them around the restaurant for light and with plenty of candles to go around it was a very romantic setting. And with the rain smattering all around us it made up for the lack of music. A very Caribesur experience. The kitchen runs on gas and the bar was fine so people keept on ordering food and drinks till the rain stopped and the light came back on. A generator is now on top of my list.
Right before closing we had a little scare as one of our resident sloths decided to walk across on the inside of the restaurant ceiling on a beam that holds our metal fans that were running at full speed but quick thinking by one of our waitors, Jose, saved the unsuspecting animal from potential disaster. Its good thing sloths are very slow animals.
All in all the feedback from clients was very good, the staff did great and the night was a success. We have a good feeling about KOKi Beach so we are excited to see what tomorrow brings