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This blog is about our new restaurant Lulu & Po. We wanted to start the blog with our contruction phase and share the photos and findings with you. This blog will eventually turn into our menu blog after we open, posting our updated menus with you as they change, seasonally, weekly and daily. Enjoy.

Books to read
  • The Art of Eating
    The Art of Eating
    by M. F. K. Fisher, Joan Reardon
  • The Rituals of Dinner: Visser, Margaret
    The Rituals of Dinner: Visser, Margaret
    by Margaret Visser
  • Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library)
    Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library)
    by Pellegrino Artusi
  • Honey from a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia
    Honey from a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia
    by Patience Gray
  • The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy
    The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy
    by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  • La Cuisine Du Comté De Nice par Jacques Médecin
    La Cuisine Du Comté De Nice par Jacques Médecin
    by Jacques Médecin
  • Auberge Of The Flowering Hearth
    Auberge Of The Flowering Hearth
    by Roy Andries De Groot
  • Canal House Cooking Volume No. 1: Summer
    Canal House Cooking Volume No. 1: Summer
    by Christopher Hirsheimer, Melissa Hamilton
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Friday
Feb242012

The brick wall

how it first looked

Well I wish I had some shots of the boys taking down the plaster from the brick wall, but I don't. They were too fast for me. Remember we took down the pink sheet rock wall that the last tenants had thrown up, thinking we would find a brick wall behind it, but instead we discovered all the cool old calanders and eulegies to deceased friends and stuff, taped onto a thick old plaster wall.  Gerret and I couldn't face trying to pick away at all those years worth of caked on plaster with no proper equiptment, and in the meantime, without knowing what shape the wall was in, we hatched a plan with Kanan to make that wall a cement wall to keep the place feeling clean and a little different than the norm. We also didn't really have everything we needed to do the cement wall well, so we asked the construction guys we hired to do the bigger ticket items to take the existing one down for us and do the cement. 

So the day they were setting up to do the wall I came in at 10am, but had to leave right away to run some errands. I returned at 11:30 and the whole wall was just brick. Man these guys work fast.  It was a sight. We had all gotten really excited about our design and were firm that we were definitely covering this wall with cement, but now that I had a chance to see the brick, I almost changed my mind. I had to sleep on it, but I when I woke up I knew that it had to cement. Like the tin ceiling before, almost every restaurant in the city has an exposed brick wall and tin ceilings. We are trying for something a little bit different.  

We have filled up the place with garbage bags too and it's driving me crazy. My way of doing a constrution project is organized and clean. We demo a bit, clean and then organize. My wife calls me OCD. I used to get nuts when people mixed my points or got my X out of order - and my Marine training didn't loosen me up about organization.  The guys that are helping us with the brick wall are a bit messy (understatement) and it is driving me insane. It seems like whenever we get the place cleaned up, it just gets filled back up with junk again. I am trying to not stress out about it too much. I know that it will all work out and the place will be spotless and ready to go when we open.

with the sheet rock gonemetal studs gone

all the plaster is down

thinking about leaving the brick

mixing the cement for the wall

more mixing

getting ready to put on a coat of cementnice shot of the cement wall 

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Good thing you have thought to make changes to the wall. Now it looks more presentable and it would look even nicer if you have painted an abstract one to draw attention.

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Wall Art

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