Posted 16 February 2004 - 05:48 PM
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Posted 17 February 2004 - 02:56 PM
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Posted 17 February 2004 - 03:18 PM
At Hearth, we are working with four fewer ovens, which is difficult because it's not like we are doing that much less business than Craft. While the lack of ovens initially posed a big logistical problem, we have learned to compensate by making smaller batches of everything on a more frequent basis.
When Paul and I were talking about how we were going to use the money that we raised for Hearth, we decided to funnel most of it towards the front of the house where customers could appreciate it more. I agreed to make do with the existing kitchen and its appliances, which were a couple of years old when we opened. Some day it would be great to renovate, but in the meantime I am doing my best to adapt. Ultimately, I believe that you need to accept the kitchen that you can afford and make it work. A lot of kitchens out there are a lot smaller than the one at Hearth and many of them are putting out great dishes. The bottom line is that a large, well-equipped kitchen does not necessarily make for good food.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 03:37 PM
Anything planned to help the noise level in the front room?
Posted 19 February 2004 - 10:07 AM
In terms of front of the house improvements, Paul and I both agree that eating in a noisy dining room where you can barely carry on a conversation with the person sitting across the table from you is awful. We contemplated installing sound-proof ceiling tiles in the dining room when we were remodeling that room and I really wish we had, but at the time, they were a huge line item and we did not think we could afford them.
In an effort to deal with the noise problem, we just extended the white felt that previously only covered half of one of the main dining room's walls. We also installed two sound-proof panels on the back wall. These changes just went into effect last Monday but hopefully when our next busy night rolls around, there will be a noticeable difference in the noise level.
Posted 19 February 2004 - 09:28 PM
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Posted 20 February 2004 - 05:47 AM
Posted 20 February 2004 - 08:59 PM
I apologize if this has been asked elsewhere, but do you have a favourite dish you like to prepare?
Practice. Do it over. Get it right.
Mostly, I want people to be as happy eating my food as I am cooking it.