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Welcome.

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

Lulu & Po Demo January 2012

Sunday
May202012

The side wall. 

So, just to let you know, we are just about finished with the restaurant. Now I have to catch up on this blog and fill you in. I haven't posted in awhile because I felt we got behind on our project and we really had to work a lot to get this done. We put in many hours and drank a bunch of beer and I think we managed to make it look nice. So going back a few weeks, even before we started the ceiling, we put up our pine wall. It looks great. This was our first flooring job. Flooring on the wall mind you. It went up pretty fast. Unlike the ceiling, we didn't stain the wood first as was recommend by Sanjive and Kanan. That was a mistake. They are professionals and we should have listened to them. We found it a bit time consuming taping off all the pieces of the pine to stain each board different colors. he tongue and grove flooring creates a nice tight seal and it was hard to separate the lines. I would also recommend staining the wood first even if you plan on staining all the wood one color. It was hard getting into the edges and by the floor. We did though, well Gerrett stained it. This is when the place really began to take place. It started to pop. Hope you enjoy the photos.

the begining

a few boards up

finished with stain

same shot different light

nice

before the wood went up

some of the pine before it went up

by the bar

not sure

with our new lights

Friday
Apr272012

The Ceiling

Well we just about had the upstairs done. Really. We were ready to go. The place was clean. Hasd a party. The health department likes us. We just put up the new pine wall and we were getting ready to put the pine on the ceiling. We were going to leave up the old sheetrock on the ceiling and lay nailing strips to nail the pine to. It was going to a piece of cake, until our contractor told us that he didn't think that the metal framing under the sheetrock was strong enough to hold the sheetrock and the old pine flooring. Guess what? We had to take it down. What a mess. I was devastated. The place was almost ready to go. So anyway. we dove in and got it down with the help of Nico and Brian Leider our friends. We reinforced the metal framing and laid 3/8 thick plywood for nailers and off we went. We are close to finishing it. The whole project took two weeks. Set us a back a bit, but it was worth the filth and grime and dust. The ceiling is going to be beautiful. Hey, if the restaurant doesn't work out and you need someone to put flooring on your ceiling, I'm your man. Enjoy the photos.

metal framing, look at that old tin ceiling

the old sheet rock ceiling

more framing. notice the pine wall?

enough framing right?

 

nice right?

me and Nico cutting pine flooring

staining

3/8 in ply for nailing strips

first ceiling board

WTF did we do? Nice beard ha. First one ever this year

 

more stain

Wednesday
Apr252012

The banquette

We were at build it green in Astoria a few months back and noticed that they had these great old church pews or grange hall seating benches. They were great and knew that we had to have them for Lulu & Po. Kanan gave us the go ahead and so we bought them. Our contractor helped us to pick them up and they installed them for us too. To many angles and uneven floors for us to handle this project. So glad they did it. It looks great. Take a look.

the corner by the stairs

wet paint, looks great

 by the stairs again

before the paint

 

the seating at build it green

our nice stairs

 

Tuesday
Apr242012

More pics of the bar

Hear are a few more pics of the bar. It's almost done. Trying to post more about the space, but I have been running out of time in the evenings to get more stuff on the blog. We are making a big push to get the dinning room and kitchen done this week, so, hopefully I will have a bit more time next week for blogging. Enjoy.....

almost there

bowling alley lane bar top

back bar mirrors

 

 

Sunday
Apr152012

New Video, Check it out