Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Radiohead!

The new album is out! I have not been so excited about any music for I don't know how long.

I wonder if this is like what people felt in the 60's when the Beatles released their music.

I'm playing it nonstop tonight.

And probably tomorrow night.

You download it from their website, and you can pay whatever you want.


For the record, I gave em about 20.00-seeing how the dollar is doing so crappy against every currency right now- I contributed 10 English pounds.

It is so worth every cent, shilling or pound.

Monday, October 1, 2007

It's a done deal!

Our first party rocked!

Many highlights, but the fact everyone was clapping in sync with the Cars "My Best Friend's Girfriend" was awesome. I think they understand me.

We rule da skool!

Good times to come!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Home Stretch

We got our ok from the health department today, which means we can open!!!!!!!

We're having a party this sat night, and then "soft" opening this week.

I'll try and get pix up tomorrow, things are finishing up quickly.

What an amazing 7 months.

The hard part now is picking tunes for opening night.

And really, that's not so bad in relation to everything else.......but I do need to figure out the cash register and all its million programs.....

Friday, September 21, 2007

Would you like fries with that?

The first plate of fries!

Foley is back, painting the front of our building! Jesus, he met more people in one week here than I have in 6 months!!! My goodness, how much fun to have him here.

The bar, with brown mahogany stain........

The plumbing is so close, yet so far way. It's the reason for those gray hairs that have sprouted..

Target date is 9/27.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

the latest and greatest......

Lights are up, booths are in, the front is getting painted this weekend by the the one and only BL Foley! We have new windows to boot!
I get my liquor license tomorrow!! Holy F!!!!!!!
Target date is the 25th.

lots of staining and wine tasting to be done over the next 2 weeks!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Are friends Electric???

Yes, It's the Gary Numan reference.
Off to an island near Seattle for a wedding this weekend.
People with badges from the fire dept were by today...
We are glass.....and Jesus, I hope we are legal..........

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

on the radar

Just so people know my "focus", this blog was created mainly to keep family and friends informed of what we are working on at Cava.

The official web site should be updated next week.

We hope to be open by the end of September, so stay tuned to the web site. Thanks!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Before and after!

The patio, before and after yesterday.

Our lights were delivered today! This is them, in their showroom days.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Big Ass Weekend!

Out with the bad, in with the good!

Norton and Amy and I cleaned up the ugly adobe fence! Now it is a beautiful Spanish moss green!

Ripping out the ugly bathroom tile.......not a pretty or easy job....

Picked up the 100 year old wood for the tables......

the walk-in is almost finished!

A well deserved Stella after all that fun.

I'm having a tequila and going to bed.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Plumbing, Virgin Mary w/ deer, and first bar set up.

More cool stuff!

  1. Why I hate computers:
  2. Because I can't figure out how to get the underline thing turned off.
  3. And this number deal, I can't turn it off.

  1. I had to post pictures of my "A" team.
  2. JB with potatoes, Anja and Sara and me. Yes, that pic was also on yesterday's blog. ( Michael Paules trying to avoid the camera. He's a great dishwasher, but I think he might have a future in art)
  3. That's why this thing works, because I have awesome people that I have known for years helping me out. They are all so cool.
  4. Last is Matt, finishing the bar front. Yay! The bar will be finished this week!

Our First Dinner Party!

Our first little party on Joe Strummers' Bday was a hit!
And it was a benefit for a friend in the Peace Corps!
Mr. Strummer would have been proud.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Pews and Tin and Lights. Oh My.......

More fun stuff!

Tommy replacing the bad purple walls with cool tin.......

Pews for the entrance!

Way cool lights on the way!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Twice Everything

Everyone told me that when you open a place it takes twice as long and it is twice as expensive than you think.

They were right!

The good news is the shiny hood is up and running. The bar is looking sexy in all its red oak splendor.

And another pic of the painting we got in Wisconsin.

Target for opening is second week of September!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Cookin' with gas!

Well, most equipment is up and running, as we are doing food for a party tomorrow! Just had to clean the inch of dust on everything yesterday so we could get started......

Bar is almost finished!

Next week will be big, and I'll post lots of pix!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

A Bar is Born!

The bar has begun! I could bore you with the dishwasher, the fryer, the grill, etc.
But you really want to see the bar.. right????? Here's from day 1! Enjoy!!!


Sunday, July 22, 2007

I'm Floored! X 3!!!!!

Dining room floors stained, check!

Epoxy resin kitchen floors set, check!

Seeing Rush last night... for perhaps the 20th + time since 1980, Check!

Like a fine wine, they just get better and better. See vintage shirt which I bring out every so often. No, I didn't wear it. It's resting quite nicely. As it will for another 27 years.

We start moving kitchen equipment in this week! And the return of B.L. Foley! Yay!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

I miss Joe Strummer.
I'm almost finished with this new bio about him. Yay for the library! I got this book and vintage Frank Zappa cds there this week....

Strummers bday is August 21-might make for a great opening day-The Clash and The Mescoleros....great soundtrack!

Floors are getting done this week, then we can move equipment in !

Cookin time is comin!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Size Matters

Big stuff happening today. Plumber showed up, hood people showed up. And the day after a holiday!! The work ethic of America is alive and well!
Hood is up, awaiting fans installed on roof and a couple of inspections. After all these years of working under hoods, I now know how they are installed. Quite a labor intensive job, including sawing through the roof, and a crane being brought in to put the fan up.

I realized that our door spaces are really tight, and the equipment which needs to be in the kitchen will just barely make it. Just another thing to ponder at 3 AM.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Whatever happened to my rock and roll??????

Jesus, sometimes you listen to an album and are so moved. Music has that power sometimes......but the beauty that is Spiritualized's "Lazer Guided Melodies" is the stunner of the last 10 years, in my humble opinion. second picture, by the way....
And the funny thing is music this good should be on the radio, but oh how the commercial radio stations have dropped the ball.
Thank goodness for KEXP and KCRW and their online streaming.
I miss the days of cool album covers, and liner notes. It's easy to download a song or 2 which is great, but the experience of looking and feeling that album thing is hard to explain to the kids these days.

These are a couple covers I love. And me and the camp hanging out in our backyard today.

Camper looks better than me because she didn't see the Tubes last night. :)

More Stuff.....W.P.O.D.

A couple pix from the space...Christa and Maggie, and the hood in the background.....tables and chairs waiting to be placed.....Tammy & Mick from the Highland Stillhouse in Oregon City...and the stack of books they lent us, so we can figure out what our bar should look like.....they are the greatest peeps!

And, for all you rockers out there, I saw the Tubes this evening. It's kind of hard to explain the beauty of Fee Waybill doing White Punks On'll just have to look it up on youtube.
trust me, they radiate greatness.

Tubes World Tour!