Fire department was out as well and found an emergency light that didn't go on when I cut the power from the box, so I have to figure out what's wrong with it. He also wants me to put some address numbers horizontally (there are already a set of old, vertically-oriented numbers on the door frame, but he wants to see something horizontal) so I'm off to Menard's Depot for the 868th time on my way home. Other than that, everything was fine.
Busy day today, lots got done. Griddle is finally re-wired and operational, ice cream dipper-well got installed today, but has a slight leak I believe. Pepsi fountain service guy was out to flush the lines, calibrate and "brix" the unit so we all drank a celebratory cup of soda once it was functioning.
Rodolfo was in helping me with cleaning, he finally got the blades for the ceiling fans all finished, it's been at least a month since I could safely turn on the fans, since some of the blades were in a half-installed state. There was this one screw, on each of the blades, which was just really impossible to turn...
But now we've got fans going, and it creates a very nice circulation of the air that wasn't there before. Good. And Pepsi, too!
More samples arrived today, including beef from my Greco rep Len (thanks). So after I make a quick trip to the store tomorrow for some tomatoes and lettuce, I'm going to start cooking a whole bunch of stuff. I'm going to walk through things tomorrow here, solo, and then have Carlos come in on Friday-Saturday and work together with him, just getting a feel for the flow, the equipment, etc...
Very exciting! I've been working on fries the last few days, but now that the kitchen is fully operational, there's no reason not to start making everything.
I also need to hire a couple more people. I have two employees, plus myself, but I'm thinking I need two and possibly three cooks on the line including Carlos, so I'm planning on hiring a couple part-timers to supplement the busy periods and use to cover the six-day week.
My plan was to close on Mondays, but from what I've seen in this area, it's busier Monday to Friday, and Sundays appear to be the slowest day, at least street-traffic-wise. May re-think.
I'm going to cut this post short because I must visit two of the holy trinity of depots (Home, Office, and Restaurant) on my way home and I need to get back in time for the wife to go out tonight.