September 18, 2016

September 18th – Progress?!

I have now owned the Blackbird Café and Tavern for 5 weeks. I was just asked at a restaurant supply store, “Are you a restaurant owner?” I hesitated before answering; I had to check with myself…Wait? Am I a restaurant owner?

Blackbird Cafe and Tavern - to do list


The question pinged around in my brain for longer than it should have before I finally responded to the now somewhat puzzled store clerk that, ‘Yes, I am indeed a restaurant owner.’ I failed to mention I am the owner of a restaurant that has yet to serve any food…

Right now, I would describe myself as a general contractor with a recently acquired commercial cleaning degree!! I felt it was important to give the space a good scrub before we reopened. But…I didn’t think through the size and intensity of such an undertaking. Thankfully, I’ve had some help along the way, good friends willing to spend their precious free time lending a hand on all sorts of projects (thank you again Liddy, Joyce, Sarah, Dan, and Kristen).

Blackbird Cafe and Tavern

Construction work can be dangerous, I am probably the only general contractor that gives you a kiss with your band-aid.



* Just a quick side-note: the next time you are chewing gum and you have the sudden urge to remove said gum from your mouth and surreptitiously stick it under the table… DON’T. Just don’t.


I don’t know about you all but I am SOOOOO ready to get the Blackbird open and start doing what I love to do; feed people! Feeling that push, I decided it was time to step away from the cleaning and go shopping because you see, we have no plates upon which to serve the food we are not yet serving! Not to mention a serious gap in our wine glass inventory…very alarming. This problem must be solved!

Blackbird Cafe and Tavern - Ramekins and plates!

Ramekins and plates!

I did find plates – so many plates, so many sizes, so many shapes; there is an entire world of plates!! I also found ramekins.

I love ramekins; I love anything small that you can put stuff in. I may have added some additional components to our menu so that I could buy more ramekins. Zoe and Christopher appreciated, with great enthusiasm, all the place settings and ramekins I brought home. My husband on the other hand, had to be reminded three times to look at the ramekins and give me his opinion which was, “Why did you buy so many ramekins?” Alas, the finer points of ramekins are lost on some (to be fair, once he started picking them up and moving them around on the plates he had good advice about style and function).

I struggled a bit in the wine glass sections. Delicate and Durable are not so easily found within my budget. GRRRR… I’ll keep looking.

We are on track for mid-to-late October. I appreciate all the good will and positive feedback. I have been honing my  recipes, and our Blackbird hollandaise sauce is ready for brunch. Yum.


Terry – Owner of the Blackbird









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