We are looking like we're soon to open in Dulwich, Lordship Lane to be precise; and if you haven't been following our blog posts closely, let me be the one to tell you now that we will be cooking in our little restaurant residency for you guys very soon!
R has dropped many hints (or as he likes to call them 'Easter Eggs' - he has a flair for the dramatic) as to our residency opening which is set to be within the next two weeks, However, I just wanted to offer you guys an insight of where we are and what we are doing, seeing as I am forever having to explain to people the state of the restaurant when we got in there and how far it has now come along. Originally, the restaurant was run as a non-descript Italian restaurant - so non-descript that I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called (we threw all the old Menus and signage away instantly). The previous occupiers, it seems, did not run a successful operation and the restaurant looked like it had been abandoned in the middle of an evening's service!
Above are some before pictures of the garden and kitchen, we had to clear out a lot of mouldy, decomposing food, scrub and bleach out the fridges and scrape the grease off the walls and cooking equipment. Chloe - the owner of the restaurant space has also practically ripped out the whole restaurant and got a carpenter to build new banquettes and re-lay the outside decking. These are all things that have added time onto the usual pre-opening jobs such as painting, decorating etc.
As you can see from the 'work-in-progress' shots above the space is already looking transformed! Chloe has contracted a couple of student illustrators and designers to create the amazing intricate art in the garden and will also be getting some framed illustration on the restaurant walls and some freehand illustration straight on the wall behind the bar!
In terms of the kitchen (our most important bit!) we are in the process of buying equipment and arranging the current equipment that is staying into a workable kitchen space - you'd be surprised at how a kitchen layout can affect productivity and service if it is not well thought out! Anyway I just wanted to let you guys into a bit of the behind the scenes at the restaurant - we have been a bit quiet on the airwaves, we're all busy, but look out for pictures of the finished space soon - and we very much hope to see some familiar, and unfamiliar faces when we open! A.