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Friday, May 30, 2008



I actually said out loud today "I wish Contigo would hurry up and open." :)

But it's worth the wait.


Wowee! It looks amazing, Brett! My imagination is pretty good, but Contigo will far surpass what my mind could create. I can't wait!


It's looking pretty good, Brett! After all the blood, sweat, and tears...you will soon get to celebrate with your eagerly waiting guests outside the door. Congratulations! Anita and I can't wait.


Who are all these Anitas??


The open kitchen is going to be cool.

Are you going to have one of these?

I love the windows looking into the little garden space in between the buildings. Are you going to put something in there?

Not too long now!


It's really cool to see the interior taking shape, and those sardines look incredible! I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago and had some grilled local sardines and was blow away.


I'm with Anita! I'm excited for you, the neighborhood, and for my stomach!


Just walked by yesterday evening and tried to use my X-ray vision to see inside. This is easier.


Yay! I know it's your restaurant and all, but I can't help feeling a teeny tiny bit like we're getting a clubhouse of sorts--with really awesome food and drink:-)


Can I add something about plywood?

Plywood is a type of engineered wood made from thin sheets of wood veneer, called plies or veneers. The layers are glued together, each with its grain at right angles to adjacent layers for greater strength.There are usually an odd number of plies, as the symmetry makes the board less prone to warping, and the grain on the outside surfaces runs in the same direction. The plies are bonded under heat and pressure with strong adhesives, usually phenol formaldehyde resin, making plywood a type of composite material. Plywood is sometimes called the original engineered wood.

A common reason for using plywood instead of plain wood is its resistance to cracking, shrinkage, twisting/warping, and its general high degree of strength. It has replaced many dimensional lumbers on construction applications for these reasons.

Leon Mills

Oh yeah, taking shape.


Art, I just checked your link. You're a good sleuth. Yes, I'm very excited that I will soon have a Jade plancha-top oven! Can't wait to play with it. BTW, I like your new blog, chef. I'll have to make my way to Chicago one of these days.



I have to say that your blog was inspiration to start my own.

Pretty good guess on the plancha? I know that if I were in your shoes I'd love one of those and hopefully, one day, if I'm lucky, I will be!

Looking forward to your progress!

Dennis Stein

Are the sardines in the photo with the bones in?


Dennis, no, the sardines do not have bones in them (although they kind of look like they do in the picture).

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