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All I want for Christmas

It’s not my two front teeth.  I’m sure you all can guess.  I am happy to announce that all construction will be wrapped up by this weekend.

Our two walk-in boxes have been installed.

We poured the floors behind both bars. They've since been covered with grippy, waterproof epoxy. We'll be starting to move equipment in today!

Con Ed installed our meter this week. Our landlord was thrilled by the holes in the sidewalk and on Lexington Ave.

Mike working on more of our lighting. With all of our extra time, we're going to start a lamp manufacturing business on the side. All of our lights will be hung by tomorrow.

I wanted to play Darth Vader, too. My wine room is now "pumpkin spice".

Our freshly painted basement stairs. We're keeping it chipper down there.

I am thrilled about our cocktail program. I'm getting some help from a very talented friend. Mike and I were hard at work taste testing in this photo.

I could open a restaurant out of my apartment right now. Those glass racks are taller than me. Excited to start moving all of this stuff to the bar this weekend.



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The pre-turkey push

With all that has been going on, we weren’t planning on making our annual trek upstate for Thanksgiving.  Instead, we invited our families to NYC, to celebrate with us, at our unfinished bar.  A charming idea that required quite a bit of work, but was a success.

The floor was in, but needed to be spot sanded.

The varnish we applied to the floor was pretty gnarly, hence Noah's Star Wars get-up.

What Thanksgiving would be complete without duct work? Here, our air conditioning duct is going in.

The kitchen equipment wasn't going to be ready (which also posed some unique challenges for the holiday), but the Ansul system was.

We thought some lights would be nice. We're making many of the fixtures ourselves. Here, Noah is cutting some pipe.

The light fixture making has been a family affair. Here's Corey, cutting more pipe while meeting the neighbors.

We also managed to finish one bathroom in time. Here's the happy group at the end of the night. Some folks had already left. At one point, we numbered over 30.


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It’s starting to look like a bar

This week we installed the bar framing. This piece needed a little trim to fit properly around the floor drain.

Even with just the framing for the two bars, it's starting to feel like a real place.

Sizing the drink rail for one of the front windows. It will be a great people watching spot.

Sheet rocking began in the basement on Saturday. We had to wait until we had run the phone, security camera and cat5 cables.

We purchased extra wood along with our flooring. Here, I'm staining what will become a bench. Working on the sidewalk is a good way to meet the neighbors.


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Time Out New York recently had a feature on new-school wine bars and we made the hotly-anticipated list.

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Progress report, v. 4

Much has happened since the last progress report.

Mike rented a UHaul to bring our flooring and stools home from Elmira. We unloaded it around 11 pm. It must have been quite a sight.

The team. Happy that 800+ square feet of reclaimed barn wood is off the truck.

We had the stools professionally sand blasted. Here, we are scrubbing and staining them.

We picked up some extra wood. This is being scrubbed in preparation to become the bar soffit.

...which looks like this.

We will also be cleaning up the hood area, with a kitchen soffit, framed here.

Noah assisting Michael with the kitchen bar framing.

The sub flooring went in over two evenings this week. Saving room for a mat at the front.

Our hatch, with 2 coats of rustoleum. One of the best looking in town, for sure.

Our friend Justin came to town to help us install the flooring. They'll wrap up today.


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And so it begins

Our very first press mention.  Check it out at NY Mag’s Grub Street.

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Progress report, v.3

I’m happy to report that things are humming along.

It's thrilling to see so many permits on the front door. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, oh my.

We now have stainless steel in our kitchen.

Framing in the basement is pretty much done. On the left, the electrical room, on the right, our office.

The plumber insulated a pipe running through the wine room.

We re-sealed the brick where the old duct work was.

Today, Michael and I primed the ceiling. Tomorrow, we paint.

I did the trimming while Michael did the rest. Sometimes, it's good to be short.


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