…was the title of a recent article in the WSJ. We couldn’t agree more. Click here for the link.
I got hooked up with an interview on Fox Business News, and lo and behold Tracy Byrnes, the host, wanted to talk about our wine bar. What timing!
Can’t get the video to embed properly, so here’s the link.
NY Mag’s Grub Street announced our impending opening last week. Not sure why they chose to post a photo that featured our unfinished menu board, but hey.
Here’s the link: ABV Wine Bar Almost Ready to Start Pouring and Cooking.
Let me get you up to speed!
Anton installed our draft lines. 6 beer lines and 4 for wine.
We tiled the front of the food bar.
Our custom banquette was installed. Corey tested it out for us.
We assembled the shelving for the wine room. We picked up our license from the SLA last week, so this puppy is on its way to being full.
All of our friends who come to see us get put to work, especially those who are handy. Here, McCloskey attaches our table bases.
Oh, Philipp's in town? I hear he's good with a sander. Finishing our last table!
We bought a desk for the office at a church rummage sale. Noah walked it the 5 blocks to our bar using a hand truck. Here, Mike and Noah assess the best way to get it down the hatch.
Putting the mirrors on the back bar.
Leo joined us for cocktail training.
Corey enjoying the aftermath of cocktail training.
We hung our menu boards. We're waiting for our last batch of letters to arrive. At one point, we contemplated basing our menus on what letters we had.
We had our textured wallpaper installed and then we painted it.
Noah adding a metallic gold coat to the front bar. Wait until you see step 2.
We had a photo shoot yesterday. Stay tuned to learn what is was for!
We’ve been busier than elves. I’m happy to report that construction is done and now we’re on to the details.
Finishing up the kitchen soffit.
We matched the wall in front of the restroom to the kitchen soffit.
Kitchen refrigeration went in. All equipment is installed and working. Corey is in there cooking today. Wait til you see what we're doing with that 4 inch pipe on the counter.
Working on the back bar. Mirrored shelves in progress.
Putting together the office chairs. IT equipment all installed. Carpet arriving tomorrow. Hanging shelves and wine maps today.
Tables and benches are here. Check out that sconce!
Organizing the basement. Look! It's small wares! I'm particularly pleased with the lockers.
Hum to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus”.
Epoxy on the kitchen and back bar floors was finished last week, which meant we could start bringing our equipment in.
Dual-temp, wine slide-out racks. Yeah, baby.
Here comes her big sister down the street. Our landlord was kind enough to let us house all of our equipment in his not-yet-rented commercial space next door during our build out.
Fiddling with the plug on the back bar fridge, under Corey's supervision.
Adjusting the legs on the fryer. This may be the piece of kitchen equipment and I am most excited about. I haven't used a commercial fryer since making taco shells during my salad girl days.
The basement is almost done. When I saw the FRP on the walls and the pot sink installed, it brought a tear to my eye. I'm not kidding.
The basement floor and stairs are now painted. We're continuing our cheery theme down there.
The beginnings of our second bathroom. Tiling to come.