I have not kept up with my blog, I just had no idea what I was going to be put through. I never thought this small town little restaurant was going to be so tough.
The build-out of the new location in Pinole is well under way, we will close the El Sobrante location February 28, 2011. I can't wait to finally be out of there, sharing a location has proven to be one of my worst choices. Though I have been able to achieve a lot here, I still was not able create enough of my own ambiance to over come the Lion's Den. I had gone as far as I could go there without being able to gut the place and redo it all, I made it the best I could for the arrangement I was in. I mean we are bigger than I ever expected, doing more than I did in my original location..it took hard work from my staff, my family and myself...the loyalty of the guest has proven to us that we have what it takes.
I think my guest are more excited than I am about the relocation (j/k, I know I am about to bust) ...I never thought I would be so involved in this build out in Pinole, I really thought they would build it and I would move-in.....but NO I am in up to my eyeballs in the day to day construction, I am on the job sight 5 days a week...I have moved into project management with Dale and Mark at my side to help me understand it all. I love to shop, but the shopping list is over-whelming. grills, broilers, dishes, silverware, lighting, wood, granite, tables, table bases, flooring, seating, dishwashers, paint, tile, cement. sewer, electrical, cable, phones, sand, gravel, grease traps, 3 inch pipe or 1.5 inch pipe, speakers, gas lines, computers, glasses, ABC license, doors, signs, security......it goes on and on and on! Oh let us not even get into, where do you want this light, that light, this speaker, that Tv, this printer, this fryer, wait, wait what about the light switches, or the toilets, one or two, this or that, here or there....I am submerged into complete craziness everyday.
Inspectors and investigators, yep it wouldn't be any fun with out them:) Health Department, City Building, Fire , Waste water & the ABC...though there may be more these are the ones we have encountered so far....each and everyone of them so helpful, providing guidance and understanding as they proceed with patience and diligence. They all take their jobs very seriously. Believe me these Sheetrock screws better be perfectly spaced, those hand sinks better be located right where they say, and that greastrap better have all the right stuff going through it....oh and don't mess with the fire marshal.
Keep in mind now that we are recipe testing, menu planing, resume reviewing, running the El Sobrante location, up until February 5th we are still catering, keeping up with our facebook page, blogging, fielding sales people & I am still keeping up with my charitable time.
I can't wait to settle into just cooking, I traveled, had new cars, name-brand anything all in my younger years when I thought all of that meant something, the value was simply material....it means so much more to me to be able to share something I love so much with so many people, sharing my food with so many, seeing each and every person simply enjoy what I live, love and breath is a wonder in itself.
I anticipate getting killed in the kitchen when we open, patience is what I ask for, I don't aspire to be more than what I am "simply a good cook" I have chosen to venture off into serving cocktails and dinner..I do anticipate I will continue to do well in my choice of Casual Classic American Meals.