A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Thyme flies...

This morning as I was tidying my office I came across a ten-year old photo album. It depicts various stages in the construction of my second restaurant, a bistro-pizzeria.


















Two of the workmen enjoying their first pizza for lunch...


















The finished project... October 1997
















Just as with Casa del Mar , over a year ago, I really enjoyed producing mosaics, tiling, putting up coat hangers, etc...

For me, setting up the restaurants has always been the easy bit...
The hard bit comes with opening the doors to customers.
Every lunch and every dinner becomes a live performance.

There is no stopping, no going back.


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13 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

Beautiful place Cream! I too would enjoy the setting up and then I would want to move on. Interior design maybe?

20/3/07 7:08 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

You must be pleased with your accomplishments Cream!

And if Thyme flies
do you know where Rosemary goes?

20/3/07 8:25 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Thanks, Mary. Too late for interior design. I wanted to go into Architecture but did Computing for two years, Naval Architecture for another two and then ended up washing up in 1979... And that was it: Love of food at first sight.

I am the eternal unsatisfied, Caro. That's why I'm still searching.
Rosemary, she's too clever to lift a finger, you know!

20/3/07 8:40 PM  
Anonymous edvard moonke said...

looks very relaxing and accommodating. when you get the chance, email me the address(es) and I'll pay you a visit one of these days. you never know, I might even reveal my identity! :-)

20/3/07 10:54 PM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

Wow what a transformation! Your pretty talented eh Cream, and not just with food and mosaic.

You are obviously creative. I admire people who can look at a space and see what they can change it into, have a vision.

Is that you in the background with your chefs hat on?

20/3/07 11:34 PM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

Wow what a transformation! Your pretty talented eh Cream, and not just with food and mosaic.

You are obviously creative. I admire people who can look at a space and see what they can change it into, have a vision.

Is that you in the background with your chefs hat on?

20/3/07 11:34 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Sigh...I've wanted to do something like that for a long time. The only problem is I'd be doing it as a divorced man. I'm not prepared for that.

21/3/07 12:19 AM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

This could be in some seaside place in Italy, beautiful!

@ brian:
Very wise wife you got.
My brother has a restaurant and catering business and no private life. ;-)

21/3/07 8:11 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Marcos, before you reveal your identity you'll have to reveal your email address...
It is nowhere to be found.

Dizzy, Thanks.
It is a mural in the background. I will have to blog about that one day.
I did have an outline drawing of the restaurant done for me but I just picked a few ideas out of it and did the rest my way.

Brian, it is very stressful on relationships. Both have to be totally committed to the running of the restaurant or it is goodbye!

Merisi, it does have an Italian name, actually.
Yes, in this business, you have to forego many things and above all your social life.

21/3/07 9:09 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Like so many things in Life, getting there is always the fun part.
I used to love drawing site plans and floor plans for retail stores and offices to help a tenant catch the vision...once it was open and a going concern it was off to the next thing...it was the creation process that floated my boat.

22/3/07 4:17 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

You're right there, H.E.
Turning ideas into realities...

22/3/07 10:48 AM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

All the world's a stage, and blah de blah de blah ... the show must go on, leave 'em laughing, and any other stage-related cliche you care to pick.

That said, it looks like a great place. Just a pity it's not south of Watford!

22/3/07 12:28 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Yes, spill the beans, a fly in my soup, chips and diet coke!!!

Muchas gracias, Daphnée! But Sarf of Watford you need a mortgage for a Calzone, girl.

22/3/07 1:42 PM  

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