22-Jan-2010 (Fri)
Wherein the repairs are finished.

The repairs are pretty much finished at this point. Lots of sanding, painting, patching, more painting, and more patching. Now, we pretty much sit on our hands for a week before we let you miscreants back in to mess it all up again.

Most of the benches are re-upholstered, and all of the carpet has been replaced in the corner booths and entry halls:

We have a curtain behind the stage now. It's a subtle change, but I think it really reads much more as a "stage" than it did with just a flat black wall. Eventually we're also going to put some sound foam behind the curtain to help with audio reflections, which should make the room a little easier to mix.

The concrete at the back door is repaired, and it has a sexy new steel nose, to hopefully keep it intact for longer in the future as road cases and various other heavy things bang it (for example, your mom):

And something good has come of our recent miserable weather: the last week of nearly-continuous rain has already given our new sign exactly the kind of character that I had been hoping for!

There have been a few minor disagreements we still need to resolve, unfortuantely. For example, our plumber didn't quite understand what the minimum acceptable percentage of attempts to flush a toilet should result in an actual flush (my opinion being "100%") and our bar staff didn't quite understand what percentage of the surfaces behind the bars should be clean (again, I'm gonna go with "100%"). But the beatings will continue until hygiene improves.

9 Responses:

  1. kyronfive says:

    Wow, it's looking all swankified and shit in there!

  2. fantasygoat says:

    When I managed a small bar I had similar cleanliness issues with the staff. Yes, you have to take all the bottles out of the well when you wipe it down. Yes, you have to melt all the ice and clean the sink. Yes, you should rinse out your rag. Yes, I understand you're tired at the end of your shift, but it's your job.

    • 0ntological says:

      heee heee!
      I had a bitchy urge to send this to said bar staff....
      and keep in mind I date one of them (but he's different!). But you hit the nail on the head, and that's even including the fact that they don't wash the towels or have to deal with glassware!

  3. Oooo, PRETTY! Now let the monkey-chewing commence.

  4. unwoman says:

    Looks gorgeous, I can't wait to check it out at the first DG in February.

  5. mc_kingfish says:

    You boys did nice work.

  6. kfringe says:

    That may even be better looking than it was when you opened.