Saturday, January 5, 2013

In the Thick of It

We've had a hell of a week working to get closer to our grand opening as the newest restaurant in the Longfellow neighborhood. We finished as much demolition as we're going to do for now.  Now we just have to put the puzzle pieces back together.  It's a long, arduous uphill battle getting every area of the building up to the latest building and health codes.  Grab a beer and I'll tell you about it some time.

The best part of this week was the day we got our brand new 6-burner range, flat-top grill and double oven. The grill is the heart of the kitchen so we're very excited to have a brand new one of our own.  Scott's truck, however, paid the price to get it back to the restaurant.  The stress of so many trips back and forth to different equipment places, hauling hundreds of pounds at a time finally took its toll on Scott's brakes, which began to smoke as we brought the grill to its new home.  Scott pulled up on the sidewalk, ran in, and quickly emerged with a fire extinguisher to cool off the brakes, and then had 3 parts replaced the next morning.  Fiscal ramifications aside, it was pretty funny

Part of our focus this week has been to decide the beers on our taps.  We all love a good beer an each have different tastes.  One of the highlights of our week was our trip down the street to the business place of our new friends at Harriet Brewing.  All four of us stopped in to their tap room to talk with their staff about getting delivery (9 blocks away) as well as sample their current offerings.  While we enjoyed all of them, their Divine Oculust stood out as some of the best beer we've had, so we're looking to include a seasonal selection from Harriet on our taps.

We'd like to hear from you now:
What's your favorite beer or style of beer?  We'll aim to include something to please every palate.


  1. Great to hear you are coming to the neighborhood. For beer, Harriet's IPA is great, in my opinion. As was Schell's winter seasonal this year. Personally, my favorite style is a Porter, but I don't know how well they sell and I don't know how many local versions there are (and I think keeping it local would be a fantastic thing to do). Summit's porter is not bad.

  2. Please do a post explaining the name.

  3. I agree with Christina! Please tell us what the name means!
    Looking forward to some good IPA drinking at your spot.

  4. I agree -- please tell us what the name means. Because it's an unappetizing name. Actually, I'm just a vegan.

  5. Rotate the taps, keep 'em (mostly) local, and a few seasonals. Your "anchor" should be Harriet's West Side, since they're just down the street. Can't go wrong with Summit EPA. Keep in mind that Surly Furious, as much as I love it, is overwhelms the palate, and thus doesn't pair well with many foods. Still wouldn't mind seeing it on tap for when I just want a couple beers. The same is true for most of the Indeed beers I've tried. You'll probably need to include a light beer tap of some sort for those who don't like beer :)

  6. Looking forward to your opening.

    I love a solid lager any time of year!