Tuesday, February 8, 2011
So, last week was all about getting the right people working for us to start this process. We now have a general contractor, a kitchen consultant and a government advocate to help us through the maze of the CUP and ABC license application process. At least we were well versed in the process, thanks to Chris' very thorough research and having met with several kitchen consultants, restaurant consultants, architects, designer, ABC license attorneys and many others over the years. Here's what I have to say about consultants. You have to try to find people who think like you do. We are determined to work with people who think positively, respond promptly and who see the intrinsic value in getting the job done as expediently and inexpensively as possible. We're also determined NOT to work with those who don't listen, just want to throw money at the problem or are negative nay sayers. You would be amazed at how many folks out there fall into one or more of those categories. The negative Nancys surprise me the most. To them I want to say we KNOW what we are trying to do is challenging, we KNOW it takes approval from many levels of government, we KNOW it takes way too long to get the necessary approvals, we KNOW many in the restaurant business fail, we KNOW it won't be easy. But, the bottom line is WE ARE DOING THIS so somehow we will just figure it all out.