The Story of finding my builder
I am so happy to inform that we have begun digging trenches and breaking concrete at 258 Divisadero - the construction has officially started to build out the new home for Indian Paradox!
Finding a general contractor who is genuine, honest and accountable is no joke! I can vouch for this now. The key was to find a builder who has references with great reviews ***after*** completing the job.
After 2 months of sleepless nights, several cold calling and reaching out to near and dear in my network of SF bars/food contacts, I finally found my builder! Someone who gave me the impression of being hard-working with attention to detail, punctual and etc. Fingers crossed to complete all construction work, including inspection by early January 2016!
What else is going on?
Another MAJOR milestone that got me jumping up in joy was the news that was bestowed upon me by my liquor license broker on the day of Halloween - ABC has approved conditional license for Indian Paradox to sell beer/wine on the premises. If y'all do not already know about this, this is a big deal!! And I was dressed up like a hippie (Halloween costume!) and doing back flips as soon as I heard about this :).
The only thing remaining for ABC to do next, is a final inspection after build out is complete, so toes & fingers crossed for that too.
**But, one this that is bummeris, I had also applied for off-premises sale of wine - with wine club etc. in mind for the Divisadero/Haight neighborhood, but that was not granted - oh-well, I'll take this for now!**
Last but not least...
Most importantly, I just heard from SF Planning that, they have completed all reviews of Indian Paradox files and have granted permits to put up a poster to notify the neighbors that, a wine bar serving Indian street food is coming up at 258 Divisadero - if all goes well and there are no concerns/complaints from neighbors, by December 12th 201 5, we may have crossed the most critical, obstacle - of obtaining planning permits!
Until then, I hope you enjoy your Turkey day with a nice refreshing Beaujolais Nouveau - at least that is what 'yours truly' will be sipping!
Cheers to good times and good wine!