February 10, 2017

A Polyamorous Valentine’s Love Letter From The Park

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We are celebrating the occasion a couple different ways this year. First and foremost, this coming Saturday night is the Valentine’s edition of Dress Hall, our very popular dinner and drag show. The Eastsider posted a great piece about it in today’s news feed.

Then, on the actual holiday, we are simply continuing our Tuesday tradition of 3 courses for $20, along with our regular menu. If that’s not a show of true love — a Valentine’s menu for $20/person, then we are on different pages of our romance novel.

Speaking of romance, from a business perspective, we are in a polyamorous love affair with all of you. Because there is only one of us, and fortunately quite a few of you, we have no choice but to spread the love around as equitably as possible.

It’s like our regulars are the most special, the primary relationship, if you will. You keep us going, keep us inspired, provide comfort and camaraderie on stormy nights, you give us honest feedback from the heart. You understand who we are, why we do what we do, you appreciate us for that and you show it by visiting so frequently.

But, as special as you all are — and you are — we can not be fulfilled (financially) by this relationship alone. We must also reach out to the occasional visitors, the newcomers, the passersby, the accidental tourists, the dilettantes, Dodgers fans, friends of friends, distant family members and so on and so forth.

This is not cheating! We are forced by circumstances beyond our control to be in this open relationship. But it does not diminish our love for you, our regulars. You will always be first in our hearts, you will always get the bigger piece of fried chicken, the larger pour in your glass of wine, the most well-marbled cut of steak.

The others, they come and go. They can be funny, sweet, appreciative, even downright becoming, but they are not you. They are peripheral, outer orbit, simply fulfilling a need that can only be met by them. We love them, of course, but it’s not the same. It’s circumstantial, surface, topical, without commitment.

Please don’t be jealous of our dalliances for they have no weight, no substance in comparison. It is fate and food that have brought us together and nothing can challenge the strength of that foundation. We appreciate you more than you know.

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Park!

Have a great weekend and hope to see you at The Park.

– Chef Josh

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