A month ago I predicted that I would have written so often that you'd be tired of hearing about Contigo by now. I have so much I want to write about, so many great stories to share! 30 days and 3 posts later, though, it appears I didn't quite reach my goal. The reality of opening a restaurant without partners is there's just not enough time to do everything.
Which brings me to another reality: there will be no summer opening for Contigo. Indian summer? Maybe. Autumn? Definitely. [Note to self: add "change opening menu" to to-do list].
The space is shaping up nicely. The cabinetmakers and finish carpenters have been busy and are nearly completed their work. The long-awaited reclaimed oak arrived a few weeks ago. It was salvaged from an old barn in Connecticut (barns out west tend to be made of softer woods that are less appropriate for converting into restaurant banquettes, benches, and counters). When I told my architect I wanted the space to look like a cross between a barn and a loft, I didn't know he would take me so literally. Adds new meaning to the term "farm to table."
Take a look at the carpenters' and cabinetmakers' handiwork below. I'm especially happy with how well the 2-inch thick kitchen dining counter came out. It's rock solid. The finely crafted banquettes are super comfortable too, due to their gently sloping, form fitting angles. Thank my architects for that detail. I'm hoping many of you will become intimately familiar with these banquettes and counters in just a few short weeks and for many years to come.