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Unread 06-25-2013, 06:18 AM   #211
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Great job! Love following your progress. Stay encouraged. In no time you'll have a new problem of too many customers and not enough seats.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 08:17 AM   #212
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Regardless of what the people tell you on DIY network or HGTV, removing carpet that's glued to concrete is not as easy as they make it seem. Long two days getting that pulled up, and now it's time to scrape all the adhesive stuck to the concrete. Ugh.

But this was one of the major projects, and hopefully it will be all cleaned up and ready for the wood flooring in a few days.



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The scraping SUCKSSSS!!!!
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Tell me about it. I already stocked up on blades because I can see this is going to take a while.
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Terazzo grinding machine. Maybe you can rent one.
You may have already discovered this but you can't get yellow carpet adhesive up with a grinder, the mastic just gets soft and gums up the stones. This is what we used when I did my office space. It turned a 5 day job into a half day job.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 12:46 PM   #213
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Best of luck to you. As a former restaurateur. I now do only catering, my blood pressure thanks me for it.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 03:41 PM   #214
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You may have already discovered this but you can't get yellow carpet adhesive up with a grinder, the mastic just gets soft and gums up the stones. This is what we used when I did my office space. It turned a 5 day job into a half day job.
Thanks for the tip on this product. I don't think I'm going to need to go that route, but it's nice to know there's something out there. I was able to use the scraper to even out any major imperfections. And now with the floating floor and pad, hopefully I'll be good to go.

And in other news, just another day of unpleasant surprises. Ventilation guy finally showed up today, but didn't have much good news for me. The smoker simply cannot go where I had planned on thanks to all of the immovable, or incredibly expensive to move duct work directly above my proposed location.

There's only one other place to put it and that's on the opposite wall. And of course, that was all laid out for all the fountain machine equipment, CO2 tanks, etc. In fact, all the lines were already plumbed and ready to go from the last place, so reconfiguring that should be a fun project.

And the electrician is still MIA. Called the general contractor today and even he can't seem to track him down.

And of course, still no sign installed.

Overall, it's just been one of those weeks so far. But oh well, we're having a party here at the house this weekend and I'll get to cook a lot of BBQ, so that will help ease the pain.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 07:26 PM   #215
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I have been enjoying reading your progress. I used too do hvac and saw that you said it would be costly to move ductwork for your smoker install. If you can post some pics of where the ductwork is in the way maybe I can point you in the right direction.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #216
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Overall, it's just been one of those weeks so far. But oh well, we're having a party here at the house this weekend and I'll get to cook a lot of BBQ and drink a lot of beer, so that will help ease the pain.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 09:44 PM   #217
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Just a quick update since it's been a while. Frustration levels are high, though subsiding a bit after some progress this week. I am just amazed at the lack of customer service these builders/contractors/skilled trades people exhibit. How hard is it to return a phone call? How hard is it to spend 30 seconds firing off an email to explain why you missed your deadline/appointment? Drives me crazy.

Anyway, it's weeks late, but the replacement sign is up:



About as good as we could do given the size and dimensions of the panels. I still want to put a big sign right on the side of the building, but that will probably need to wait. But at least now the old restaurant sign is gone and people can now see that something new is coming into the space.

And since all these contractors keep dropping the ball, I was put in touch with an actual restaurant designer and consultant who's been doing this for nearly 40 years. He came out walked through everything and said he's going to bring one of his guys out hopefully tomorrow or this weekend to finalize some measurements and equipment needs. He said he could have the work done in about three weeks, so that's promising news at least.

He also blew my mind when he found a space that we could put a SP unit through the wall. That will save a ton in terms of having to relocate the existing exhaust, and save even more space in the kitchen by having the unit mostly housed outside, so I'm excited about that.

Oh, and I've pretty much finished the bathroom remodel and it looks a hundred times better. I'll try to snag some pics the next time I'm there.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #218
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I think you are being too nice with your contractors. Do they know you don't have an opening date? If they do they can always blow you off. Hopefully your new guy will keep on top of things. I would work on a open date and give everyone that deadline, otherwise there is no hurry to get anything done. I know we started from scratch and I don't know if that made a difference, but it took us a little over 8 weeks from the day we bought our first piece of equipment to open. I know this doesn't help you, just trying to give you some ideas.

Hoping things get better over the next few weeks.
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Glad to hear it. I work with contractors at work a lot, and you can't always count on them to stick to their word. Unfortunately, that is a "squeaky wheel" type of thing, and you probably aren't being squeaky enough
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Unread 07-18-2013, 07:10 PM   #220
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How's it going?

I've seen contractors wait a week to see if any one has bid on your project. If there hasn't been any bids they know they can ask what ever they want. If there have been bids, they will try to low ball the others....of coarse they can't do it at that low cost and then they try to squeeze every dime out of you that they can. That's why the good ones are booked solid.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:03 PM   #221
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How's it going?

I've seen contractors wait a week to see if any one has bid on your project. If there hasn't been any bids they know they can ask what ever they want. If there have been bids, they will try to low ball the others....of coarse they can't do it at that low cost and then they try to squeeze every dime out of you that they can. That's why the good ones are booked solid.
Eh, it's going. I met with a restaurant consultant last week who stopped by and he claims he has a few contractors that he uses that do nothing but restaurant work. We went over everything, gave him the drawings, spec sheets, he took measurements, etc. and he said he would get a guy out there in a few days to take a closer look and put a bid together, and said it was probably just a 3 week job tops.

Well, here we are almost a week later and after calling and emailing him every day about what the hell is going on, I haven't heard from the guy yet. Like you said about the wait a week thing, I think I'll call him tomorrow and if he doesn't answer, leave a message and say I had somebody else come out this week and explain that I wanted to give him one last shot before I go with the other guy, even if he doesn't exist, and see if that changes his tune.

In the meantime, I've also been using my wife to hit up all her contacts at work and have a few more names, so I'll be back on the phone making calls and just play the numbers game until somebody steps up. I just never expected it to be this hard. I thought the economy was in the crapper and people were out there begging for work, not the other way around.

Other than still working on that, I did get all the shirts ordered for the staff, and to sell to customers, and those should be in next month. Frivolous in the grand scheme of things, but it's one more item off the list. One thing at a time I guess.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 09:14 PM   #222
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The problem with buying as I understand it (and only a little) is that buying property is paid for with after tax money, LEASING property is paid for with pre tax money ?

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Lease payments are fully deductible whereas only the interest on a mortgage is deductible. So, all the money you pay on a lease for the year is taken off of your gross profit at the end of the year and can keep you from paying a lot of taxes if you are successful.
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Uniforms, even if they are t-shirts and jeans are not frivolous, not the critical path, but, a nice clean appearance, and uniform look, does a lot to make a place look like a place I would want to eat. One of the men who taught me to cook, would remove his meat apron, and put on a clean apron to serve people. He said he felt like it meant he respected the customer, and he figured nobody want to eat food from a guy in a dirty, stained apron.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 09:41 PM   #224
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Uniforms, even if they are t-shirts and jeans are not frivolous, not the critical path, but, a nice clean appearance, and uniform look, does a lot to make a place look like a place I would want to eat. One of the men who taught me to cook, would remove his meat apron, and put on a clean apron to serve people. He said he felt like it meant he respected the customer, and he figured nobody want to eat food from a guy in a dirty, stained apron.
Oh yeah, for sure it's important. I mostly meant in terms of all the big items left unfinished, the simple task of designing and ordering uniform shirts seems like a drop in the bucket.

But yeah, there's something to be said about a place where the staff all have a clean and matching look compared to leaving them to their own devices when it comes to getting dressed in the morning.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 12:38 AM   #225
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Lease payments are fully deductible whereas only the interest on a mortgage is deductible. So, all the money you pay on a lease for the year is taken off of your gross profit at the end of the year and can keep you from paying a lot of taxes if you are successful.
How does that work???? You cant write off any of the principle payment as a business expense? Doesn't make sense to me. Would it be "creative accounting" to put the old lady as the owner of the business and then lease it to her while you pay the mortgage?
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