We're very busy with Le Petit Bar right now. This week marks a milestone for me, as the HRV (air return/ventilation/heating/cooling) is installed and the last of the trades hired finish their work in Le Petit Bar. The space is painted, and we're working on staining the woodwork. Roland and I were a little too aggressive with staining on Saturday, and made ourselves sick from all the fumes. Pretty ridiculous. Lesson learned (take a lot of breaks, outdoors in the fresh air). Having some air circulation in there will help in the future.
What's left - the zinc bar top, assembling the tables, final touches, equipment moved into place, and the liquor license. I hope hope hope the AGCO can process our liquor license in a reasonable amount of time.
We have some solid recipes now, and our staff is hired. We have a ways to go still, but I am confident we'll be open in April. Thank you for being so patient - has this journey felt as long to you as it does to me? I'm excited to meet those of you I haven't yet when we open our doors. The opportunity to connect with you through this blog and over twitter (@lepetitbarptbo) has been very rewarding.
Special thank you to Meghan (no photo - sorry!), Jane, Emily, Sarie, Andrea (also no photo) and Laura (also no photo!) for spending some time helping us over the last couple weeks as we painted the space.
|The bouquet garni that flavoured our pork rillettes braising liquid|
|Refreshing endive, grapefruit & avocado salad|
|Carrot, cauliflower & roasted red pepper terrine, wrapped and ready to set in the fridge|
|Sarie (left) and Emily (right) hard at work|
|Jane works hard, helping us paint|
|Back & neck breaking work - that's me, painting the ceiling.|
|One of our kickass chandeliers - Thanks Brad!|
|A most necessary piece of equipment|