Today is day 7. It’s amazing what one can do in a short period of time. We have been focused and have had some quality help with our work. Days one and two we wiped grease off of everything. It’s amazing how grease clings to stuff and refuses to let go. It’s also amazing that nothing works to get it off. We tried Awesome, but it wasn’t awesome at all. It just smeared the grease around. Comet worked pretty well, but it leaves a long lasting residue to everything.
Day 3 and 4 we painted. I had help from Patrick, Sean, Jason and Luis. We knocked out the whole kitchen with the exception of the wood work which needs more prep. The place looks fantastic. It’s hard to believe it’s the same place.
Yesterday the electricity was turned on. Patrick and I went over about 7pm to check it out. We found the restaurant pitch black. In the electric room the meter was spinning so I knew Edison had been out. Right below the meter there was a main switch. I turned it on and presto. Let there be light.
The equipment started right up, but the refrigerators were creaking and making outrageous noise. One was humming so loud that it seemed to shimmer on the floor. I called Fernando a good friend and an excellent HVAC man. He came out within an hour and solved the problem. The fan was rubbing against a metal plate creating the “music” .
The most exciting thing about the electricity being turned on was the way the restaurant looks from the outside at night with the lights on. It’s almost magical. Really really nice. I have posted a view pictures.
Today Patrick and I remove a wall. He is excited to smash the hell out of it. I want to take a more civilized approach and peel off the dry wall very neatly. We’ll see what happens. Wish us luck.