By now you have probably heard, we’ve had to close shop for a few days for repairs. Last Saturday a small blaze in our ventilating system created a larger pain in the neck. As I walked into the restaurant the other day, surprised by the controlled chaos of a construction site, I couldn’t help but recall a framed needlepoint that hung in my friend’s mother’s kitchen that read…”When life gives you lemons make lemonade.” So right now as we bide our time until all is made right, we are first and foremost, counting our blessings and making lemonade. Here is the back story on what is going on with the fire at fire.
Saturday at 4:30 following brunch service the staff was prepping for a busy Saturday night. Our hero, dishwasher Dashon Alford stepped outside and happened to notice an unremarkable amount of smoke coming from the roof. It wasn’t ’till he walked out again a few moments later that he saw thick, billowing smoke and realized that we had a problem. Fire fighters arrived quickly and discovered the flames originated on the second story of the building in a ventilation duct snaking from our kitchen through to the roof. They worked quickly to get the situation under control. The problem was relatively small and contained. No one was harmed, and at no time was anyone ever in any danger. For this fact we are deeply grateful. The fire department was gone in a less than a half hour, but the restaurant was a mess. At that point our staff just rolled up their sleeves and set to work. In 4 hours our crew had the entire place cleaned up and ready for repairs. Our insurance team has been awesome-getting the construction professionals in fast to make the needed repairs. Things were going so well in fact, we thought we would be back in business in just a few days. Then reality reared its ugly head. Some of our custom venting equipment needed to be replaced. Custom equipment is just that… custom. SO we are waiting. We set to the sad task of canceling over a thousand reservations on our books. We feel just awful about any inconvenience this might have caused.
In the mean time we are making lemonade. After moving tables, linens, glassware, equipment and anything else, nailed down or not, to make way for construction (which you can see in these pictures) we have had the time to work on some long term projects. We have pushed up the release of our new Spring menu to next week when we reopen, (please stop by for a taste) and we are working on upcoming events. Truth is though, we miss the daily work and camaraderie of the kitchen and we miss serving you. The good news is it looks like we will reopen late next week. ..perhaps a little more grateful for the simple goodness of our work and our community. Thanks for hanging in there with us. Your kind words and support mean so much to us all. Happy holidays friends. We’ll keep you posted.
Post and photos by Amy Viny