Marathon Monday at Eastern Standard, By the Numbers

Patriots' Day 2017 was the single busiest day in the history of the Kenmore Square landmark.
The crowd at the bar at Eastern Standard just after 9 a.m. on Marathon Monday 2017. / Photos by Christy Osler

The crowd at the bar at Eastern Standard just after 9 a.m. on Marathon Monday 2017. / Photos by Christy Osler

It’s been a full decade of Marathon Mondays for longtime Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks general manager, Andrew Holden—and this year was the busiest ever. With its location along the race route, in the shadow of Fenway Park, the Kenmore Square restaurant has been the nexus of Patriots’ Day celebrations since Garrett Harker debuted it in 2005. Yesterday, Eastern Standard had 500 covers on the books before the Red Sox lead off at 11 a.m. For comparison, a typical Monday will see 500-600 guests from open until last call, Holden says.

“The longest, most exhausting [day],” Holden says, “but with how special the day is for the city—we’ve hosted so many fundraisers for people running that are friends of the restaurant, we’ve had staff run, just knowing all the reasons they’re running—having that in the back of your mind throughout the day is extra motivation.”

The morning was the busiest, with people lining up on Commonwealth Ave. for the doors to be unlocked at 7 a.m. By 8:30 a.m., the restaurant was at capacity, Holden says. Breakfast sales alone were $24,000—that’s a lot of eggs.

“Throughout the afternoon, [baseball business] has been built in, but what’s been really special to see over the years is the growth of the dinner crowd,” Holden says. “Runners coming in to eat with their medallions and jackets on, their legs wobbling. I’m from Boston, and I think a lot of us take for granted what a far reach the race has. You truly see people visiting from Japan, Germany, Australia.”

What was also noteworthy this year is that wine sales outpaced beer sales by more than $4,500, he says.

Marathon Monday at Eastern Standard is unlike any other day at any other restaurant—and if he’s being honest, Holden says the day doesn’t even feel like Eastern Standard.

“The music is at full tilt, the windows are all open, and it’s so intense—it’s so crowded out front, but you’re at capacity. It takes everything you can to maintain the composure of the staff, keep everything in control, and make sure people are having just the right amount of fun.”

The general manager, who also owns Branch Line in Watertown, clocked in just after 7 a.m. and left 13 hours later. Here’s a look at what went on behind the scenes.

A line of people wait to get into an at-capacity Eastern Standard just after 9 a.m. on Marathon Monday

A line of people wait to get into an at-capacity Eastern Standard just after 9 a.m. on Marathon Monday. / Photos by Christy Osler

6 a.m.

First room service orders received

7:10 a.m.

First dining room orders

1:30 a.m. (Tuesday)

Last call for food and drinks

1,329

Seated guests all day—not counting those crowding around the bar, at tables, or on the patio

:39 seconds

Average time between transactions, based on number of guests served

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1,123

Oysters shucked

308

Orders of jumbo shrimp cocktail

120

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches

228

Burgers

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Photos by Christy Osler

Photos by Christy Osler

20

Magnums of rosé (1.5-liter bottles)

4

Double magnum (3-liter) bottles of rosé

31

Total magnums of wine

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272

Bud Lights

270

Fiddlehead IPAs

3

Magnums of Gulden Draak Belgian Strong Dark Ale

$72

Each magnum of Gulden Draak Belgian Strong Dark Ale

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253

Bloody Marys made to order

190

Mimosas

165

Whiskey Smashes

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The morning crowd at Eastern Standard. / Photos by Christy Osler

The morning crowd at Eastern Standard. / Photos by Christy Osler

5:30 a.m.

First manager, servers, prep cooks, and breakfast chef arrive

20

Servers all day

10

Full-time managers

21

Line cooks

6

Chefs

14

Prep cooks and dishwashers

8

Bartenders

5

Hosts

1

Maitre d’

16

Bussers and food runners

3

Bar-backs

4

Door people and security

4 a.m. (Tuesday)

Last manager and bartenders leave

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528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com.

Eastern Standard is along the Boston Marathon route

Photos by Christy Osler