Friday, April 1, 2011

The Corner Restaurant - Update

I'm just going to begin by outing myself:  on Wednesday night after 30 Day Shredding I went to Sonic, ate a Chicago dog, 3/4 of a New York dog, two onion rings and half of a small unsweetened peach iced tea.  It was bloody good and I deserved it seeing as almost every day this week has been a living hell of saw noise beginning at 7am.  Last evening I took a spin over to the Chef's restaurant to eyeball progress (read:  make sure no one had snatched my Asian artifacts) and somehow ended up with a margarita in front of me at our favorite Mexican restaurant not long after.  A preview of Friday, if you will.  Next up:  Days 9 and 10 of the Shred done in one day to stay on track.

Hopefully on Monday I will have some sort of positive living situation scenario to report.  A girl can dream. In the meantime here's a little picture preview of what's going on with construction at The Corner (if you're interested follow me on facebook where I'll be posting more pics).  It's a hot mess, but has come so far in just a week.

Here's one of the Chef and my dad in front of the restaurant a few weeks ago...
so homesick right now and wish I could go home for the weekend.
Anyway.  Examine the roof.
And here's what the roof looked like last night at 7 o'clock.  Crazy, huh?
Now remember last week's post showed the booths.
Welp, sayonara ripped vinyl booths.
Here's a quick picture of bar status.
So happy he's decided to keep this hand-painted geisha (- lovely woman?) on the ceiling in the bar.
I think the community will appreciate it seeing as the restaurant has been such a landmark.
The picture doesn't do it justice - poor lighting and not a fancy camera,
but I'll get better ones of her along way.
You had to know it was only a matter of time before I made myself at home.
Here's hoping a little of this splashes your way this weekend.

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me this week.  It was a wild one with work, working at home, the construction and all the stress from dealing with the landlord over moving upstairs or not.  I'm sparing a lot of the dirty details, but let's just say it was not pleasant and my nerves are shot.  I could barely find time to think much less visit your blogs.  sigh  Here's to getting this situation resolved and either moving or staying put for now.  In the meantime I have to get my taxes together to meet with my accountant next week.  So much for that relaxing weekend.  What are you guys up to?

Note:  Not sure it's a geisha per se...only trying to describe. Thanks anonymous.

69 comments:

Katie said...

Wow! Looks like its coming along (not that I know anything about remodeling...) I like that he's keeping some touches of the old restaurant.

I'm losing track, but I think Ive done 8 days of the Shred. I should probably do 2 tomorrow so I'm up to Level 2. Oh how quickly whatever motivation I had has left the building. The lightning probably took it. Wiped out everything else.

this free bird said...

Katie don't give up. I'm going to do at least #9 tomorrow and worst case do #10 on Saturday, then off Sunday and level up on Monday. Girl you had a near death experience. You need to pour one out and take a deep breath.

xo,
C
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Katie said...

I'll be honest, without #shredcrew I'd throw in the towel after this week. I'm in though so i'll figure something out. I think there's enough room in the bedroom to make it work. There's always an excuse NOT to work out, which is why I need to stick with this so badly in the first place. Go figure.

RosaLovesDC said...

Hey girl, hang in there. I hope the situation with the apartment gets resolved soon. Just stay positive. Try to enjoy the weekend. XO

Elizabeth said...

Good luck with your workouts & your living situation! And good for you for getting some Sonic when you clearly deserved some. I love seeing the progress on the restaurant, I think the decision to keep the geisha was a great one. I love her!

have your cake & eat it too

Collette Osuna said...

Looks like MAD progress is being made sweets...that place is really going to rock.....cant wait to see it:)

Im NOT working Sat, thank Goddd.....and Im hoping and planning on doing nothing.....or doing alot of shopping, whichever happens first, lol:)

Laura said...

it's coming along!!!!!! :) I can't wait to see all the updates! And yes, don't forget to grab all the goodies!!!

p.s. I'm cracking up at your oopsies splurge on the shred. you Sure as HELL deserved it.. so don't feel bad ;) I give you permission to take one day to eat some goodness. hehe

xoxo
laura

Jessica said...

At least the iced tea was unsweetened! ;-)

I'm SO EXCITED (the caps help stress this, right?) about the restaurant and I'm glad he's keeping the geisha - it'll add the perfect amount of quirk. I only wish I were visiting California again in the foreseeable future to pop in when it's open! Blogger meet up? I think so.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I'm so glad he's keeping the mural. It's a nice nod to the former place. And I've been wanting one if those hot dog....well, one of each the ny and the chi for weeks. Trying to stay strong! I'm sure I'll cave soon.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Wow, it is turning out to be a beauty - thanks for showing us the progress!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Looks like it's coming along great! I started shredding last night along with P90x blah lol.

xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wow, that ceiling painting will be a great reminder of the past and just plain fun.

I'm not doing much this weekend but hope to get back on the fitness train!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Leah said...

The restaurant is looking great! Hope you can enjoy your weekend, 'don't worry, be happy'. That song always makes me feel better so I thought I'd throw that at you. Thanks for your comment.

xo L.

Debby said...

So exciting.. it's fun to follow all of the changes! Have a great weekend, Carrie! xo

Ms. Givens said...

Wow, I am so impressed. It will be fun to watch the progress and see it filled with locals.
Remember: according to chemist Alcohol is a solution. ;)

Courtney Erin said...

It's really all coming together isn't it? Sorry to hear that things are so stressful lately, I hope that changes for you quickly. And everyone needs to cheat a little on the Shred, it makes you work all the harder!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Anna Jane said...

really excited for you and the chef! can't wait to see how it all turns out and i'll have to come see it next time i'm in LA!

Daisy said...

favorite photograph ever you getting into that kettle one behind a dusty bar. love it.

Closet Fashionista said...

Yayy for the shop progress! And ugh, I hope the icky stuff gets better soon
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Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Wow, I am so excited for the restaurant! That geisha painting is awesome. I'm glad you all are keeping it.

I hope you get time to relax this weekend. Don't hurt the landlord!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Yay for making progress! Can't wait to come and visit and get a cocktail!....Woot! Your landlord is a real pill....here's to a better weekend. xo

Dancing Branflake said...

These are such awesome photos! I am so impressed with everything that's been going on. And Shred on!

Kimbirdy said...

wow, you guys are putting in SO much work! i'm sure it's going to be completely amazing when it's finished, and you'll be able to sit back and enjoy it. you'll have to tell us when it's open so i can come visit!

Marissa said...

That geisha painting is beautiful. I'm so glad the chef decided to keep it, too. On another note, I think that much shredding deserves some Sonic! Have a lovely (and hopefully less stressful) weekend. It's times like these I thank heavens that my dad is an accountant.

Valerie said...

Ugh, sounds like a rough week, Carrie. I hope the tax situation doesn't turn out too badly. On a lighter note, the restaurant is making quick progress! I love that he left the mural on the ceiling. It's so cool. I hope you can get some rest this weekend! I'll be in Detroit until Wednesday, so we'll catch up then. ;)

Kayla said...

The restaurant looks great. You should tell that Chef of yours to hurry up and finish so he can sponsor an all you can eat ShredCrew dinner. We will deserve it after all!

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la petite coquine said...

When I made plans for fajita/margarita night this evening, I thought of you first! I hope the drink last night soothed your nerves, and is helping you get through this hellish week-let us know if you need landlord back up!

xox, Lena

Briana + Stephanie. said...

mm margaritas sound great right now! don't worry girlfriend, i've been a slacker to my p90x rountine!
xx
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Mo Pie, Please said...

The progress of the restaurant is so exciting! It's moving along rather quickly. I wish I could dine there when it's open for business! Have a great weekend, Carrie!

Josie said...

I think that you actually showed an incredible amount of restraint at Sonic. Ex: stopping at two onion rings. And the Chef's place is looking FANTASTIC! I love the new roof and that he kept the painting over the bar. Can't wait to see more as it progresses!
xo Josie
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Isabel said...

i cant wait to see what it all looks like when it is finished!

Marcie said...

Looking good!! And I love that you be lined it for the vodka! That's my girl :)

xo Marcie

PS- I am buying those Tory Burch shoes that Val recommends :)

this free bird said...

Marcie those shoes she mentioned are so wonderful!!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Wow that's a lot of progress! Awesome that he's keeping that geisha on the ceiling. Nice touch :)

Hope you have a good weekend, sweetie and that you're able to relax a bit. Sounds like it's stressful over there! xoxo

Taj Acosta said...

Congrats on the restaurant! So exciting! Can't wait to come check it out once complete!

p.s. the shoes are killer! And I mean killer, they kill your feet if you plan on jogging in them not the route, but fine for a couple hours tops. They are super sexy glam ;)

My Heart Blogged said...

Sorry you had such a stressful week. I can beat up your landlord a little if you like, and I'm sure if you keep shredding you won't even need me for that. With my step brother home from Afghanistan (he came home yesterday) this weekend will be awesome. But, a very busy weekend as well!
My Heart Blogged

Vintage is for Lovers said...

Carrie! I know you have been having a rough week but it is, at least, wildly entertaining! And the Chef's restaurant is amazing! I will for sure make the drive up when it opens! Have a wonderful weekend, my lovely friend! xo Samantha ps. Love your latest outfits! Dress is amazing on you! Great color!

Claire Kiefer said...

This is so exciting and oh, brings back memories of my childhood (the restaurant, not the Ketel One). I hear you on being off track this week--I blogged ONCE. ha. After my NYC trip, I am spent . . . so this weekend will be mellow to say the least. Can't handle or afford anything wild!

LyddieGal said...

Wow, the restaurant remodel looks like it's moving along swiftly, and I love that geisha - glad she gets to stay!

Chic on the Cheap

drollgirl said...

that hand painted geisha IS FUCKING AWESOME! i love it!

and your week has been ROUGH!!! hope you find time to relax this weekend! and maybe have a few hotdogs and drinks! lol. nom nom -- that sounds so good right about now!

taylor said...

that mural is gorgeous! is there going to be a rooftop bar? (because that would be so rad) or is that where a different sign will go?

Styles 'n Cream said...

The restaurant is looking good.

I too started the shred. I actually thought that level 1 was too easy and after doing it for 4-5 days moved on to level 2. It's going good so far bur 20 min a day is not enough. I am going for a long run tomorrow.

TheChambrayCountess said...

Wow, so much progress has already happened! I hope you weekend is restful and exciting at the same time :) Oh, and shred til the cows come home!

Rachel from Love a la mode said...

My weekend = rehearsal, rehearsal, and more rehearsal. Of course, to make things better, I walked into the kitchen this morning to find the oven door on the floor. (Yep. Floor. How? WTF. Who knows.) And then the garbage disposal decided to back up and flood the sink. Yummy. (not.) Treat yourself to a spa day? That's what I need to do...
Bisous,
Rachel
http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

the restaurant stuff is sooo exciting. definitely a good move on keeping the geisha. she is timeless :)

have a great weekend!

alli/hooray said...

Sorry about your crazy week but here's to a (somewhat) relaxing weekend... my taxes need to be ready for my accountant Mon - ahh!

PS. Restaurant progress is looking awesome!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Love the mural and yes it is a great tribute to the community. I love that the glass is completely dusty but your determined to make a drink.

Torrie said...

I'm sorry to hear that it's been such a tough week, and I wish you could take a that weekend trip home. It sounds like you need it. Hang in there, my friend. The dust will settle. And when it does your body will be ready ;).

I do want to take a moment though and tell you that this makes me even more inspired... The fact that you had this type of week, and have still managed to Shred, motivate us (you've seriously motivated us), and keep your sense of humor(!)... Hero.

fashioneggpplant said...

that painted geisha is beautiful! good luck with the big decision :)

S.I.F. said...

I headed up my fair share of bar openings, and it always amazed me how one minute the entire place would be a construction zone, and the next you would have an actual bar. It seriously feels like those last details making it an actual place come together so fast. I'm kind of jealous you guys get to experience that... I used to love those openings! Stressful as all get up, but still... so crazy exciting!

Cafe Fashionista said...

This is shaping up to be such an amazing location. I am so excited for you and the Chef, Carrie! :)

Twenty.Something said...

So exciting!! Looks fabulous!!! Can't wait to hear more about it :)

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Jammer said...

holy wow!! You'll be whipping up martinis for customers in no time!

Vegas Fashion Stylist said...

the place is coming together nicely. so excited for you

fshnonmymind said...

Carrie!! Not Sonic!! I'm hating only because they like to show commercials around here but the closest is about an hour away. Judging from that pic of you at the bar, you so don't need to be shredding!

I've only skipped one day so far (hair appt), but I've done level two and talked my bf into trying it with me since he wants to get in shape for a future trip.

this free bird said...

hey fsh - i attribute the slender look to the boyfriend jeans. thanks to current/elliot for creating the perfect hang in the waist thereby eliminating any hint of muffin. hehe

that being said - a combo of pilates and 9 days of shred is already working. get after it! it will yield results. woo hooooo for the bf jumping onboard. yeah!

xo,
C

Kavery said...

Awesome seeing the before and after shots of the restaurant. And glad the Geisha got to stay in her old home. Hope this week is better for you. We had stock take and other stuff at work so I was so tired and happy to vegetate at home.

Kaleido Mind said...

it's so exciting to see a work in progress!!:D

20 York Street said...

Look at you and your martini glass li'l Carrie - such a natural friendship, si?

I freakin' love the ceiling! I will just stare at it until I have neckpain!

I live in cave (okay, Canadians no offense!) can someone please fill me in with this Shred??

besos,

ML
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janettaylor said...

Good luck, pretty! :)

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Allison said...

You're super skinny! The Shred is going well! I've done it in the past, but I couldn't stand doing it when I pulled it out the other day.

Wander.Lust said...

wow! it really has come a long way! good luck with it :)

Sam said...

That place is gonna look great I'm sure! And don't worry, everything will fall into place in due time :)

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Marie a la Mode said...

Wow, renovations are in full swing! I hope you had a stress-free weekend, Carrie!

A.Co said...

I saw your feature post on Walk of Fashion and just had to come over here and tell you that sometimes I dream of things and they come true too!! I've never met anyone ... wait, did I just say 'met'?? Oh jeeze, classic blogger ;) ... regardless, I've never known of anyone to have this same thing - wow.

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Miss Caitlin S. said...

looks great and is moving right along! I too enjoy that he's keeping some elements of the restaurant there, I bet his vision fused with that will be just wonderful. Place looks fantastic and all kinds of wonderful even in the interim. And did someone comment you and come at you for Geisha thing or something? That's weird, people can be so dumb.

Leia said...

Oh my, it looks great so far! Can't wait to see what it's like when it's all done!

Leia

Ashleigh said...

Wow, it's coming right along!! Next trip to LA, it's definitely going on the to do list!

Kristin said...

What incredible progress! I hope things are getting easier for you lady!

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