We have been super busy around the shop. Putting on the finishing touches here and there, and starting new projects while thinking of more new projects... We have been keeping all the images of shops abroad in mind while thinking of the look for the new location. While the cold kitchen is pretty much intact and ready to work in, the room for the hot kitchen is undergoing some work. For instance, we have a fire suppressant system installed right above the stove. We also now have a convection oven and a pastry case in place and plugged in while previously just storing them until now. We will have a proper area for visitors to sit and enjoy things instead of racing home with them. This is something we've seen more in the states than abroad - as most shops only offer just a take-away type of setup overseas. Seems most people enjoy bringing things home to prepare in France & Belgium - you can hardly even get a set of disposable silverware to enjoy recent purchases picnic style. We had to bring desserts with us into restaurants serving lunch so that we could use their forks to gobble down chocolate layered desserts before heading to the next patisserie/chocolate shop.
So, painting will be finished soon and we are in the process of having Joe Brogdon of Pegged (with the help of some crew members) construct our booths, sales counter, and wall dress-out all incorporating reclaimed wood. So excited to see it coming together.
We still have some inspections to undergo as soon as all construction ceases. I'm posting a few shots of the shop with painting underway and lumber/construction partially in place for the dining area. You'll notice a wall w/ a plywood backing installed - this is where a horizontal arrangement of reclaimed wood will be installed. It seems that as each day passes, the shop looks more and more like what we've been envisioning for our new customized layout. We wouldn't have been able to incorporate several components without the help of the MakeWork grant and the Lyndhurst Foundation. We greatly appreciate the help.
Keep posted for shots from our travels abroad - I have not forgotten about sharing these w/ everyone.
For now, enjoy just a few "in-progress" new shop shots. More to come...