Monday, November 10, 2008

but who's counting?

twenty-six days til opening. the front window's been cleared of the showcase wall that blocked it, now the front counter area is bright and airy. painting continues. cleaning continues. more cleaning continues.

the equipment company accidentally sent our espresso machine to another restaurant, so they've agreed to replace it with an upgraded model - looks to be a san marino very similar to ones we've had before, so the baristagal's happy.

the completed - well, started - website should be up by the end of the week, if I can pull my finger out. problem is, when I get to the end of the day after cafe work, plus my graphic job, it's hard to find clarity and enthusiasm to write anything that makes sense. I haven't been sleeping well either, which doesn't help. perhaps it's stress. perhaps it's just the normal pre-launch nerves. this will be our third shot at a successful cafe, and the pressure is on to make it work.

some in-progress pics:
front window before surgery:

after surgery:

these are a few of chef's favourite things:

shake it up, baby:

the herb garden's coming alive - and in serious need of weeding:

and this little critter's trying to beat me to it: