Tuesday, February 17, 2009
While I can’t say we will do all of the above, I hope we achieve a healthy dose!
Check out the book for yourself: The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community by Ray Oldenburg
Monday, February 9, 2009
The other news from last week is that I met with the the good folks over at Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC). We will be serving beer and wine at Farley's East so naturally you need a permit to do so and naturally, permits cost money and take time. Right now they take even more time because state employees have a work furlough (thanks Arnold). In the end, I do expect to receive the permit before we open but if we don't, blame it on the economy.
As Farley’s East works to build community and support the local businesses, we will feature local wine makers and local brewers almost exclusively. If you have any recommendations, we'd love to hear from you so please post them in the comments section below.
The big news is that construction began today. This is a huge step in the process and we're very excited to finally be at this point. The crew began cutting into the floor and marking out the mezzanine which is now technically a second floor. The building department determined we have a second floor, not a mezzanine (this is based on square footage of the mezzanine/2nd floor relative to the size of the ground floor). Call it what you will, the building department signed-off on the plans last week so we're moving forward. If you're in the area, feel free to poke your head in the door to see what's going on inside.
PS. If you know anyone at PG&E that can light a fire under the folks there, let me know. Farley's East is taking over a space that was a former boutique and art gallery so needless to say, we are doing a service upgrade to bring more power to the building. PG&E is notorious for holding-up restaurant builds when service upgrades are needed.