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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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The facade (part two)

Sorry for the long delay. It's been a rough two weeks but things are finally moving forward.

So now that the drama is over (we hope) we can get back to working on our demo project and this blog. As you can see from the photos we finished all of the scraping, caulking and priming on the facade, and started on the first coat of the "draw your sword" blue-grey paint. We just love it. The color changes subtly throughout the day so the place looks a bit different all the time. In the morning when the sun is shining directly on the front of the restaurant, it's a beautiful light grey. When it's around 2 pm  in the afternoon, the sun hides behind all of the brownstones and buildings and the color of our place really becomes deep blue, like the ocean. In the evening when it is getting dark, it becomes a wonderful dark charcoal grey.

We also made a really special discovery. After scraping the old paint from the wood around the windows we gradually moved up to the top section running over the whole store front, and started in on what we thought at the time was tin. After scraping the pigeon poop off and really getting under the layers of color, a big piece of paint chipped off and we realized that the tin facade was really copper. WOW. That was all I could say. WOW. How exciting to find a copper facade that is intact - I haven't seen many. I still can't believe that it wasn't scrapped at some point like so many other treasures on these old buildings. We are very lucky to have this original feature at Lulu & Po. We have decided to strip it and let it patina naturally - I love that unexpectedly bright green you get glipses at on old church rooves around town. Can't wait to show the photos of that.

Before my little hospital incident we decided to tackle the AC that was above the door. What an eyesore. You can see it above the doorway in some of the older posts. It was a 36,000 btu friedrieck or fedder or another one of those f word ACs. It was a monster. We had real tough time getting that old thing out of the window space too. After unhooking all the electric and the thousand nuts, bolts and screws, we realized we didn't have a removal plan. We figured that it weighed about 200 to 250 lbs and it was up quite high so if it dropped on the concreate floor it would damage or chip it. But we couldn't just lift it down being that heavy and bulky, so we rigged a funny kind of bed out of bags of old sheetrock and decided to let it just drop on that pile, hoping  that would cusion the blow to the floor. I was a little nervous, but it worked. We didn't loose any toes and we saved the floor. 

Finally, we filled the A/C hole with a piece plywood and sealed it tight for now. As you can see from photos below, the front is really taking shape now, and its only going to get better. We are planning on putting in a recessed ceiling unit AC, like a Fujitsu, LG or another name brand on the inside ceiling. And where the old AC was, above the doorway, we will be installing a nice big window to let in some of that great morning light into our beautiful space.

Also still waiting on those outside lights I posted about earlier - big red barn lights. I hoped that they would be here by now, but no luck. I called the company and they are shipping them this week. I found out that they are manufactured to order, which is nice I guess. They are made in Chino CA. Hmm. I wonder if they are made at the prison?  Whatever the case, they are going to look really great up there in place of those old flood lights.

Po and Kanan (our friend and architect) went and picked up some great tiles and chair options, and we had a great final design meeting: will post photos shortly...  in the meantime, here is the facade tranformation:


creeping up the front is our nice grey blue  

 looking good










Happy Gerrettnice car. maybe a 73 caddy

our nice pomegranate doorThat's LucyLucy again the new entry sans air conditioner. there will be a window here soon.

looking pretty nice. can't wait to hang those lights

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