Well, it's been a bit since I've updated you on anything. Not that I haven't had anything to say or show, but I've just been soooo busy. I try to be at work early and am at work all day long. Then, since March starts up High School Softball, I've been umping games in the afternoon/evening. Once I get home, I'm working out various details for my restaurant...changes in floor plans, changes in my bathrooms to meet occupancy and ADA requirements, looking at various bids for my equipment, working on funding and financing...time has just marched right on by without my permission.
So, I signed my lease at the end of Feb (Feb 28) - THAT WAS A GREAT DAY!!! I mean, I was really going to do this - no backing out now. I wasn't thinking about backing out at all - I wanted to keep moving forward!! I ordered a 'coming soon' sign - it took me a week or so to do that...I was initially thinking that I would go through my Coca Cola rep to get a banner (I could have gotten one for free through them) but decided that I wanted to use the banner just for me and not to take part of it up with a Coke logo.
So banner ordered...we were so excited and couldn't wait to put it up!!! Well, it still isn't up...I know I know. Actually, we do have a fairly good reason, and a strange one at that. In order to put the banner up, we'll need to actually attach it to the building...screw it into the stucco on the front of the building. Well, with the Zion's Bank Building being a Brand New multi-million dollar building, I don't want to be the one that just screwed up their building so I started the process of getting bids for my logo. So here's the strange part of the issue - I put out three different bids and not one of them responded in over 1 1/2 weeks. I would have thought that with the economy, any potential lead for a sale would be welcomed! - I had no responses. Anyway, I finally contacted someone else and they had a bid back to me the next day - way to go!! So now, I know where I will be putting my outdoor signage so I can finally put my banner up...pending all this crazy weather we are having.
I've also had to go through my plans again and again...and I think we finally have it nailed down:
Pretty exciting stuff - huh?...well, I think it is. However, we still don't have everything needed to submit all the plans to the city. We still need Mechanical (Heating and Air) plans, Electrical plans, Plumbing plans, and Hood plans. So really, the phase that I've been in during this last month has been one of 'hurry up and wait'.
So, not much has 'visibly' gone on over this past month, but plenty 'behind-the-scenes' work has been taking place. To me, all of this stuff is new - I'm not a builder or planner. My specialty is running the restaurant and cooking and meeting my customers and such. That's the part I can really sink my teeth into. I understand all this other stuff (to a point) and realize why it needs to be done - in fact, I had fun doing the actual floor plan as the plan above really is my design (with varying input and mandates like ADA requirements). But in the end, let's just get my doors open so I can do what I wanted to for some time...let me get into that kitchen and start cooking!
The good news? - I think we'll see some good movement on a lot of things this month of April. In fact, I'll go as far to say that by the end of this month, things will be looking good and I'll be well on my way to opening my doors...and I'm still hopeful for the end of May. I have more pictures to post so I'll try and keep this more current from this point on.