“The restaurant will essentially be completed this weekend,” Kevin Jennings told me on Wednesday as he was showing off his new zinc bar (all $100,000 of it) and the folding windows that will allow special tables to sit out on mini-patios. The red awnings across the windows are done. That bar — and yes, you can call it the 100 Grand Bar with apologies to Nestlé — is stunning. Banquettes will be installed on Friday, as will all other last minute touches. Fabric will spread across the ceiling to help damper the noise.
A lot of work still needs to be done, but as is the case with all construction, that last minute flurry of activity pulls together so many different items that it boggles the mind. But the kitchen has been readied for cooks to begin training on Friday and Monday. Front of the house starts their training next week. There’s a lot to be done still, as opening day is only 11 days away. But I sense a calm over everyone, intertwined with the excitement of what’s to come.