Archive for June, 2009

June 28th Post

June 28, 2009

 

 

Hello to our readers!

This week has again been VERY frustrating as there has been NO activity!  We received word last weekend that possibly the architectural plans and engineering drawings would be ready by mid-week to take to the city for approval.  That did not happen!  We are still awaiting those critical items so that we may obtain building permits and construction can begin.  Once the plans have been delivered to the city, it will take at least a week to receive permits.  With that in mind, and since we have done just about everything we can at this time to aid in the process, you can imagine our frustration level.  We have heard comments that people are beginning to doubt whether we ARE going to rebuild and re-open.  We assure you that it WILL happen!  We just have NO timetable at this point since nothing is happening.  As news or photos of activity become available to us we will put them up here so that folks can be reassured.  We so very much appreciate the caring and concern of this wonderful community we serve!  Please keep checking on us and hopefully soon we WILL have something to report.  In the meantime we will keep the parking lot and the building weedeated and cleaned up so you know we are still around.  Have a great 4th of July weekend and stay safe so we can see everyone when we get open again!

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June 20th Post

June 20, 2009

Hello again Everyone!

Not much to report this week and I am sorry there are no photos but, there has been NO activity at the restaurant in the past seven days.  We have managed to keep busy however, with our own goal of ALWAYS moving forward.

Monday June 15th

We went bright and early to clean up the steam kettles that we salvaged from the kitchen and, after a LOT of elbow grease made them look good as new.  We were fortunate that they were not destroyed by the fire and received relatively minor smoke and water damage.  We will leave it to the pros however to take apart the motors and electrical boxes to determine if there is any more damage!

Wednesday June 17th

Gary and Brandon met with the restaurant supply people to try to finalize the equipment list and specifications for the equipment that needs to be replaced in the kitchen area because of heat damage from the fire and subsequent collapse of the roof.

Thursday June 18th and Friday June 19th

We spent these two days being furniture movers.  All of the furniture that was in the front half of the restaurant was taken to Tyler to be cleaned so that the smoke residue would not permanently stain the finish.  After cleaning, it was warehoused in various locations in Tyler.  We wanted to bring it back to Palestine so that it would be readily available when needed.  We had forgotten how MUCH and how HEAVY it was!  It took us a full two days to move it all back here!

Well, that’s all the news for this week.  We never know what the next week will bring.  We always hope that we will get a call from the contractor to inform us that construction will start immediately!  Hey, it COULD happen!  Thanks for stopping by.  We will see you next week!

June 14th Post

June 14, 2009

Hi everybody!  Thanks for stopping by to check on us this week.  I wish I had more to report to you but, as I feared last week, we have pretty much slowed to a standstill again.  Below are the only highlights of the week.

 

Monday June 8th

The masonry people begin removing the damaged top rows of the front wall in preparation for new blocks to support the roof and exterior stucco that will be applied during construction.  They also plan to remove selected blocks from the damaged back wall to “lace in” new blocks that will restore the structural integrity of the back wall that was torn down.

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In the meantime we decided to weed-eat around the building and parking lot and the contractor’s workers scrubbed and washed away the last traces remaining of the soot from the old roofing that was torn down.

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Tuesday June 9th

The masonry people have finished and the walls are ready for re-construction.  We are now at the mercy of the architects and engineers.

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We will let you know if anything happens this coming week.  Again we thank you for your continued interest as evidenced by the huge number of folks that have stopped by the blog to see how we are doing.  Please keep coming back!  When there is news, you will be the first to know!

                                  See you next week!

June 6th Post

June 6, 2009

Hello Everyone.  This past week has brought dramatic change to Little Mexico as you will see from the following photos.  There was a veritable storm of activity this week as the contractor did some SERIOUS demolition!  The remaining walls were torn down and the roof was removed up to the dining area.  Read on for more details.

Monday June 1st

When we arrived at 7:45 am, the work was already well along on removing the back wall of the restaurant to prepare for the roof coming off.  By lunchtime the back wall was gone and the debris had been cleaned up.

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The demolition crews had been busy inside also.  The rest of the sheetrock had been removed from the dining area and the restroom walls.

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Tuesday June 2nd

Bright and early the steel contractor showed up with cutting torches, chainsaw powered cut off saw, and extended reach forklift to begin removing the roof.  They cut loose large sections of roof decking and steel girders and then lowered them to the parking lot where they were cut into smaller pieces for transport in the many dumpsters.

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Wednesday June 3rd

The crews continue cutting the roof into sections that the forklift can handle for the ride down to the parking lot but, by mid afternoon, they have gotten to a point where the forklift is just not long enough to reach the remaining roof that needs to come out.  Tomorrow the big crane from 5J is making another appearance!

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Thursday June 4th

The 50 ton crane from 5J Trucking arrives.  The crane operator affectionately calls it “THE DESTROYER” and, we soon see why.  The sections of roof removed by this crane’s 125 foot reach are much larger than those the forklift could manage.  In fact, The last two sections of roof removed are a whopping 16 feet by 60 feet and weigh more than twelve tons each!  As they come across the walls of the building, it looks like a scene from “INDEPENDENCE DAY”!

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Once the last sections are on the ground the work REALLY begins because they have to be cut into smaller pieces and put in the dumpsters and all of the carbonized insulation from on top of the decking has to be swept up and disposed of.

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              This guy tried to apply for demolition but, he didn’t have

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Finally, at the end of the day, the last of the equipment is removed from the kitchen:  The thirty-two foot long vent-a-hood from the north wall.  This piece was so large and heavy that they had to use the crane to remove it and then the welders had to cut it into two pieces so that it would fit into the dumpster!

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Friday June 5th

Today the crew continued to remove the remaining debris from the demolition of the roof and power washed the walls inside the building as well as the slab to clean off the soot and dirt that had fallen when the roof was removed.  The area revealed with the roof gone and the equipment removed reminds us of a large outdoor stage.  Maybe we should book a few concerts while waiting on construction to begin.

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Next week the masonry people are coming to even up the walls by removing bricks.  This is preparation for re-laying blocks to support the new roof structure.  While this promises to be less dramatic, it is still PROGRESS!  We hope you enjoyed this week’s developments as much as we did and, we hope you come back next week!