A little background of the hellish processes of opening up SBH. 38 Wellington St. East was originally Solferino Gelato & Cafe before we had taken over the spot, without the core of a standing restaurant (no exhaust, proper kitchen, and seating space), we knew we were in for a trek. We received the keys to the spot on January 15th, 2009, but hadn’t begun renovations until early February.
As some people may know, contractors cannot/must not be trusted. I won’t go into detail and complain ’cause this post will just ramble on and on about how everything/everyone working with us was ruining our lives. All in all, until we found Paul Mercer, Matthew Birtch, and all those over at SMASH Recoveries we were knee deep in assholes. So we’d like to give a long-awaited shout-out to them.
Anyways, here’s a look at the demolition.
Dining Room (front to kitchen view)
It basically looked like this for a good 3 months.
To the right: Reclaimed elmwood provided by SMASH,which is all the wood now invested in SBH.
At this point we started to feel a little bit better, even though it was May 2009 and our target date was to open in April 2009. Hardwood was installed and table were completed. The frame against the wall is now the bathroom wall partitions (notice the missing pieces, another thanks to asshole contractors).
Douglas fir bench is installed as well as the industrial light fixtures and chandeliers. Tables are formed and a thick layer of epoxy is coated. The scent of lacquer, epoxy, clear coat, and other highly toxic smells, still linger in my mind.