Thursday, October 18, 2007
I'm sitting at a table on the outside patio at the local book store drinking tea and watching the people go by. It's a windy, rainy day. The type of day where one finds comfort just sitting. We received word from our primary investors that we will be receiving the monies for the restaurant toward the end of December. Thank God! I'm very tired of working at my present job and am chomping at the bit to get going on our project. Traverse City is going to be a great place for our restaurant. We believe very much in sustainability and are looking forward to working with all the local farmers and artisan producers in the area. We are planning to use ingredients that are found within a 100 mile radius of the city, which is the legal distance items can be used and still be called local. Items like citrus, olive oil, salt, spices and the like will be purchased from outside the radius for obvious reasons, there are many necessary items that we do not find produced or grown up here. I have put together a list we need to complete before January and have begun working on that. Next week we meet with the land lord of the space we will be leasing to hammer out the details. I hope we can get in soon so to start any renovations we need to do. We have settled on the name, "The Cook's House" for the place. I think it captures what we are trying to do. We want to walk a fine line between fine and casual dinning. We want to place to be somewhere people can come in in shorts and enjoy world class food but at the same time be a place where you can come for a special occasion. I think it can be done but it will be tricky. I'll up date you when we get down the road further.