Yes, we closed the old EVC in March of 2013 and we've been working on the new digs ever since. From moment one our project was simple, knock down part of a wall and an old washroom and then pretty up the place. Clearly the old suspended ceiling had to go. In fact, it practically threw itself to the floor, it was in such decrepit shape. There never was an old floor so nothing to remove but a whole floor to go in. Otherwise, we just needed to fix up what was already here and put in the electric and plumbing that would allow us to cook and serve food. Seemed simple enough.
The wall dividing the space is mostly gone, with just a small stretch left where we built the new comfy area. The huge yellow shelving unit is on the end of that wall and you can now look past it to the far end of the space. The pillar you see in this pic was behind the dividing wall in the pic above, but both pillars are now capped with tongue-and-groove and mirror, Paris-style. We've installed old plank flooring that we got from a wrecker, we revealed the brick wall at the far end of the space, and we made a new divide that marks out our service area. In the forefront is the ordering desk where you can now fill out an order sheet. We will fill your order and call your name when your food is ready. Actually, you can put any name on the sheet, just don't forget to come and get your food when we call it out.
This was the old front door area. One of the first things we did was punt the steel-and-glass front door to the curb and replace it with a more historical door and entrance way. Of course we needed a spot for at least one of our banquette benches and the fabulous leaded glass window from our old foyer. We took out the 3 modern windows and retro-fitted the furthest one with our historic window. The trim above the main window was made by a woman who trimmed her London house during the deco era. We retrieved it when her old house was torn down and reused it as interior trim around our windows and stage. You'll recognize the ball lights and red tables from the old EVC and the curtain which was made by Amanda for The Briscoe.