Saturday, March 1, 2008
I have to get in a big thanks to John Knehr of crossroads construction. Doing an outstanding job all around. John is also responible for hooking us up with Danny who did all of our wood floors, Tim, who did all of our electric work, and Rich our plumber. John's web-site is www.crossroads-construction.com (973) 670.5601, and you can contact us here at Salt for reference.
This afternoon its off to The City for our "research", a trip to "The Spotted Pig"..the mecca of gastropubs in America (lol), the Blue Note for some cool music and who knows from there. If anything exciting happens or strikes us I will surely put it on here to share with our legions of followers ( or just the few of you out there who tune it to see what the idiot has to say today).
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thank you everyone who has taken a minute to respond....it makes us feel as though at least someone is reading this stuff!! Thanks! The only thing is, we can't respond to peoples questions through the blog. If you have any questions, which we love to get, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org ....thanks everyone!
b. (above is a salt-lamp we purchased, over 250 million years old and harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas, soon to be available at salt!)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
After doing endless web searches and research we are going to claim to be the FIRST gastropub in the state of NJ. If anyone can come up with anything to dispute this we will surely change our stance on that, but for now we are sticking with it! "Salt is the first gastropub in the state of New Jersey"...so what, big stinking deal you may be saying out loud to your computer, or to the person next to you...well to us it is, not sure why, but it is (a big deal)! Next....
The Town of Byram, we can't say enough about working with the town of Byram! It has truely been such a great experience, I wish I could say the same about working with the state (they suck, as you might expect!) Nothing gets done in real time, everything is in some sort of time warp and everyone has the attitude that they want to be the boss, that they control something, that they are just going to make your life as miserable as theirs must be. Byram really has been super friendly and so easy to work with, they actually seem like they are really glad to have us in town...we only wish we could say that of other towns we have tried doing business in. (we have only done business in one other town, but we don't want to name names, lol) So if anyone from the town offices of Byram reads this..."Thank You"! (This is not kissing ass, merely a simple thanks!)
Work getting done..... bathrooms are almost put back together, floors have been laid, ceilings replaced, and all is looking good. Floors have their first of three coats of poly on them in the dining room and are looking just amazing. Kitchen floor(the pic up there) is now in and ready for our equipment to be put into place. Septic plans have been approved and permits have been received. Yes, a septic still has to be put in. "Holy Shit Brad, a septic still has to be put in?" Yes, but we have been assured it will be done within 3 weeks! Again, we will meditate on that one and visualize it being put in...can't hurt right!
Menu items...here are a few things we are working with right now on our menu. Tony and I have been working hard on the menus this week and brought Jeremiah in today to help add to it. A spin on surf and turf, a marinated Hanger Steak with Potato Wrapped Prawns looks like it will make it onto the menu, as well as a dish of Goat Cheese Croquettes with a Raspberry Balsamic Glaze and Poached Pear. We will have a "Flight"(3 mini) of Sliders served with sides of Roasted Tomato Aioli, Chipotle Aioli, Onion Jam, and Aged Cheddar. Steamed Butterfish atop Braised Fennel, Julienne Root Veg, and Chicory with a Fish Consomme'. We are also working on some beer recipes to go along with the 65 beers we will be offering. Yes, 65 beers. 12 draft, and 50 some odd bottles. So, there are just a few menu items that are on the board right now. We have about 40 or 50 so items that we are working with right now (between lunch, dinner and bar menus). So once they are tweaked, slept on, tasted, and worked over a few times we will be wittleing it down to our final menus.
Laurie and I are into NYC again for more "research" this weekend... we were actually invited into the "Blue Note" jazz club as guests of a friend of ours whom is playing there with Ben E. King this week. So we will be spending sat night down in the West Village checking that out, as well as a few restaurants, only to wake up early Sunday morning to do a race up in Washington Heights, then back downtown to meet some friends for brunch. Lots of research this weekend. Then its back to work Sunday evening at Salt. This weeks goals are the fountain in the front foyer, the septic started, the bars last coat of poly, some finishing painting, bathrooms finished, ceiling in bar area finished, kitchen equipment in place, fire suppression system in place and inspected, menus getting into final stages, beer taps being flushed and any other things that might be thrown at us. Stay tuned!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
First, I just want to say "Thanks Frank"!!! (not Frank M. from my last post, Frank my "new blog-post best friend")
Dining room floors were started today. Danny, our floor man, was at it bright and early this morning at 8am and ripped right into things. After putting 3 cuts into the floors (which is shop talk for meaning sanding the floor at 3 different angles as not to leave any divots...I know this now because I have become a professional at everything...or at least I can sound like one!) we can see that these floors are going to be beautiful. After 50 some odd years of wear and tear onto these things they are showing their beauty! Check out the pic! We'll have a great mix of hard Canadian red oak on one side of the dining room, and a softer pine flooring on the other. This is because of the one room being added to the building later on. The oak it seems is the original floor to the building which was put up some time in the 1930's. The history lesson to the building will be a whole nuther (?) post unto itself...I am digging up as much info as I can, and would gladly take any from anyone that might have some to share, as well as any stories that anyone may have of the building! You know, like marriage proposals, first dates, celebrations, drunken brawls, lurid affairs, shootings, buried loot on the property (include maps if you can), whatever anyone wants to share. Tommorrow is the trip into the Bowery in NYC to start and pick up the new kitchen equipment, and from the looks of it we're going to have a beautiful day!