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Sunday, January 06, 2008



Brett .. I've been trawling the 'net trying to find the perfect inspiration for an antipasto evening I'm having on Saturday. I discovered your very entertaining "In praise of sardines" .. which is a sentiment very close to my heart .. and here I find your restaurant dream is being brought to reality in 2008 .. Brett I am sending you my best wishes for this exciting time. I have a feeling it will be very, very successful and I absolutely KNOW you deserve this success!


Wow, what an ordeal. An uplifting ordeal, I suppose you could say, given all those inches of cement.
The Putzmeister took care of it all!
Happy 2008.


all the best for the New Year...
It is so exciting to see your dream becoming reality...as it is poured out of a truck...
Looking forward to hearing/seeing more of your journey this year...

Dr. Biggles

OoOoo, it's all constructionny. Neat.


Is it too soon to order the souffle?


Oh so it was you getting all constructiony!!


Isn't it amazing how fast the pour goes? Congratulations on the solid start!


Do you think they have to put those orange caps on the ends of the rebar because people have accidentally impaled themselves on them? Creepy, I know.

Congratulations! It's nice to see some progress.

I see a Ryobi 18 V. LIon set in your near future! You might be able to save a few hundred (thousand) dollars here and there!

You will be amazed at how many cigarettes your contractors will smoke I'm sure.


"few hundred or a few thousand here and there."


I'm excited too! Can't wait, it's going to be so much fun!
xo r

catherine ross

Hi Brett,

A very happy new year to you! I'm sure this year will be a wonderful adventure for you with Contigo. I hope to be one of your first guests!

I think I shared your experience in my own way regarding 2007. What seemed like awful and nightmarish changes were actually the road to freedom, to being a more authentic person. I was pretty surprised by this (and, apparently, so are a lot of people who know me!) Happiness is the best outcome.

Wishing you an awesome year!



Thanks everyone for your well wishes.

Art, the orange caps are there for precisely the reason you suggested. At Burning Man, where rebar is used instead of normal tent spikes due to high winds, there are many people who impale themselves stepping on rebar.

Catherine, I'm so happy to learn I'm not alone in that experience. "The road to freedom." What a great phrase! So very very true.


Happy New Year!



Your words of enthusiasm, openness, triumph and optimism warm my heart and my stomach.

Cheers to a New Year that is guaranteed to bring you joys...little and large, liberal and lavish.


one food guy

Best of luck in 2008!


I drive by Contigo every day on my way to work. So exciting to see workers, well, working!
Can't wait.

catherine ross

"I have opened a door for you that no one can close."

When do you plan to open? Can I wait that long?

catherine ross

And to add a context to my last overly obscure comment, I have this quote on my bulletin board above my computer. A continuation of the road to freedom thread, one that door to freedom opens....

It's from the Bible, but I like to think of it as the voice of Fate.

Then I'm thinking of the doors to Contingo opening!

I love that you are sharing this experience on your blog. I already feel invested in the restaurant. I already feel like I chose the name! I see many of us are sharing in the excitement.

Keep it coming!


I've really enjoyed having the opportunity to experience through your words the opening of a new restaurant. I can't wait to see what 2008 has in-store for the blog, Contigo and my belly...can't wait until it opens!!

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