The bar is really looking like a bar! All that remains is to hook up the sinks, put the bar surface on, and stucco the front. Hopefully it will come out looking just like the bars next door.
The new bathrooms are fully functional! I can tell you this from firsthand experience. As you can see, we went with boring porcelain this time instead of the stainless steel prison toilets. They're just too fucking expensive. We'll see how long last and whether that was a false economy.
The new front door is installed. They made us replace the perfectly functional old door because the door has to open out, but it's not allowed to overlap the sidewalk, which means had to build an alcove for it and a new frame farther inside the building. Hooray.
Here's the DNA Lounge Hazmat Team finishing up the soundproofing on the front windows. The space between the exterior wall and the new, angled interior wall is filled with fiberglass insulation above and below the two sets of windows. The apparent "shelf" connecting the two walls is actually cloth, so that there's no physical connection between the two except the ceiling and floor. And the windows in the interior wall were installed today, so now it's all sealed up tight.
When we have bands up there, you're gonna be able to see them from the street. I think that will be pretty awesome.
The big unknown at this point is still the liquor license. It's impossible to ever get a straight answer out of ABC. They almost never return our phone calls and when they do they answer with things like, "Oh, I think there might have been a protest, that we never bothered to tell you about, and if so that would mean we'd need to have a hearing, so that could take four months, but I'll have to check on that the next time I'm in the office. Oh, and I'll be out of town for two weeks starting five minutes from now. By the way, has construction started yet?"
It's awesome. All the time in the world, here, guys. No hurry.
We do actually have a deadline that we've set for ourselves.
(Uh, I mean besides "Let's be done in time for New Year's Eve, 2011.")
We hope to have all of the construction finished by Oct 1, five weeks from now, and that's looking pretty doable at this point. Once that happens, we have our final building inspections and deal with any changes they want us to make, and assuming ABC doesn't fuck us in the ass, that puts us on track for our opening date of Oct 27.
I don't think I've mentioned that here before, but yeah, your first opportunity to party down in the two new rooms will be at Halloween Booootie on the Saturday of Halloween weekend! All four rooms will be open as one giant club.
Then your next opportunity will be on Halloween proper, when we are doing the traditional DNA Lounge All Hallow's Eve party, except that this year it gets to be twice as big!
Dear ABC, please don't fuck us in the ass, love jwz.
And here are some photos of recent events:
(Nobody ever seems to take photos of Trannyshack, but there are a few videos.)