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Ceiling, sanding, sampling & shopping

Posted by Hannah Feenstra (Creator)
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Well, we still have a bit to do but we are definitely making progress. 

It has been a huge job getting the building up to council standards - it's an old building and there are a lot of regulatory requirements to meet. We have completely rewired the whole building; put in new plumbing and drainage; poured a new concrete floor; bricked up old doorways and windows; built walls for a new bathroom; relined walls; and put in a new fire-rated ceiling (sadly hiding the original beams I loved). What a job! The decorating and equipment installation will start next week which is exciting.

Site progress
Site progress
Colour matching to our tiles
Colour matching to our tiles
Testing ideas
Testing ideas

This whole process has taken so much longer than I expected. I eventually came to accept that it will just take as long as it takes and there is no point in getting stressed and frustrated. Whenever someone asks when the opening date is I just have to say that no-one wants us to open more than I do!

While the tradesmen are working away on site I have been focussed on finding staff, developing the menu with my brother Pete, purchasing equipment and painting furniture, while Dylan has been programming the point-of-sale system and website. Everything is gradually coming together!

Painting outside in the cold!
Painting outside in the cold!
Our beautiful, freshly painted coffee machine
Our beautiful, freshly painted coffee machine
Menu testing. The finished product tasted so good we forgot to take photos!
Menu testing. The finished product tasted so good we forgot to take photos!
Russian Army Tables
Russian Army Tables

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Also, if you haven't see our Facebook page yet, do check it out - I will be posting there more often as we approach the opening date, or for those of you who use Pintrest, follow our page as I add pins that inspire us and document our progress.

Thanks again for your support and we can't wait to welcome you all to Open Table!

Love,

Hannah

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