Friday, April 26, 2013

Spiffy! Yes, we think so!

We've been pronounced 'Spiffy' by the Board of Health inspector and were thrilled to hear it!
He liked it! He really liked it!

Kudos to Randy for his fine finish work, the re-work of work which had already been completed and new work which he decided needed to be done. There's lots of it, but obvious in some of these photos are the cabinets and counters which he made. He had some of the metal work bent for him and did a lot himself. Except for the appliances and sinks, Randy made and fit together all the remaining pieces to have that built-in feel and make the counters and work spaces contiguous with one another. Fantastic! Goes back to that 'can you weld?' question. Who Knew?

And a big thanks to my husband, Dick who spent three days this week cleaning and scrubbing the inside.Great job, sorely needed and one of those things nobody really wants to do and everyone has something more pressing to do. Thanks Dick, we appreciate the way you pitched in.

We don't know which was liked better or really earned us the 'spiffy' moniker the 'fit and finish' or the spotless condition, but the two combined did really seal the job. Um, also it helped that the truck came back to the Health Department built exactly as the approved plans were specked. So really we were pre-approved. Still, it's nice to have that piece of paper. (Well, more than nice, required is more accurate.)

Here are some spiffy shots of the interior,

Welcome to the Urban Grill Food Truck:




Oh and he liked the smoker! Yes, that is an NSF approved smoker on the counter there on the left in the above photo. It is vented to the outside and we can't wait to serve some great pulled pork from that and we have other smoked items which will come from that device.

From the back forward: double fryer, griddle, two burners, double convection ovens and the charbroiler is over two refrigerated drawers.
 On the left side is our refrigerated sandwich prep station, our serving counter with prep sink (and a disposing hole made by guess who), built in warming drawers and our full size refrigerator is in the very back.It's cozy, but it all fits. We are both from boating backgrounds so we are used to things being compact. This will be tight. There are a few more items on this ship but we'll save it for another time. (plus I don't have those photos yet.)

Our wrap design for the exterior of the truck has been finalized and is being printed out now, too late to make changes! We'll be getting the truck wrapped sometime toward the end of next week and then we'll have those exterior shots for you.

On the Urban Depot front, because why not start the demolition on the same day as your health inspection?...The poles were moved out of the way to make room for building the ramp, and after a brief delay getting the concrete contractors back, they started cutting concrete today.....making way for the ramp. They cut the concrete into slabs and are letting it drop into our dungeon-like basement:

















Updates as progress occurs, for the curious.

Thanks for all the encouragement! Especially those of you asking to taste food, we really appreciate your enthusiasm for our product and we will get that to you asap!!!

Peace and appreciation!!!

Make the very most of today, it IS the only one of which any of us are guaranteed!

Betsy

8 comments:

Becky said...

Yeah well patience is not my middle name... But patient I have remained to see this baby on the street serving food. Can't wait for the first taste.

Betsy Eicher said...

Yes, Becky and we thank you for that soon to be rewarded patience!!! I promise, soon! :)

Denny said...

Wow...the inside looks amazing. Can't wait to officially taste and see the truck in action!

Julie said...

Love your food truck! Can't wait to see it and check out the menu! Remind me to tell you about the "nuts" story next time I see you.
Good luck!!
Julie

Margaret said...

Beautiful and amazing. Good job Dick Eicher

Betsy Eicher said...

Hi Julie, Thanks. I can't wait to hear what is up with the cashews. I ran into Mark, I know he didn't get to try them, so maybe you accidentally ate all of them on the way home, or something like that? :) I'd be happy to send some more over? New batch in production now.

Betsy Eicher said...

Thx Denny. Me too, I can't wait for you to see it. There are some special things, some of which I just saw for the first time myself last night!!! :)

Betsy Eicher said...

:)

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