September 26th Post


Happy Saturday to you, our faithful readers!  This has been an excellent week at Little Mexico.  The crews have gotten a lot done even though everything that was scheduled to happen did not go as planned.  We are learning as we go that, when it comes to the massive amount of work necessary, the schedule sometimes varies with material availability etc.  Read on for the play by play.

Monday September 21st

Carpentry work continues in the dining area, and Mark Amaral the city inspector arrives to check out the work and approves all of the plumbing and gas piping so that we can proceed to seal up the kitchen walls preparatory to sheetrock and plastic paneling.  It is still rainy however so, probably no stucco work today.

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Tuesday September 22nd

The insulation crew sprays the foam on the remaining kitchen walls and stretches a polyester cloth fabric on the walls between the kitchen and the waitress area and also between the dining room and waitress area and blows a fiberglass material between the fabric covered walls as an acoustic insulation that will help prevent sound transfer.  By the end of the day we are ready for sheetrock!  The floor in the dining area receives a test cleaning to see what needs to be done to restore it to the red color that it had before the fire.  Phyllis and Gary inspect this closely to determine what needs to be done.  Meanwhile Randy Mannix the electrician continues to pull miles of wire through the conduit and to the panels in the equipment room.


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Wednesday September 23rd

The people from East Texas Brick in Tyler come down to evaluate what we need to repair or replace the fireplace screen in the waiting area.  Carpentry work continues in the main dining room.  All of the windows need to be individually framed and it is also discovered that some of the window sills need to be replaced.  Paul Harris begins construction of the woodwork that will cover the “master lighting control panel”.  By early afternoon the sheetrock for the back half of the building has arrived.  Of course it is another rainy day so there is no stucco work!

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Thursday September 24th

The sheetrock crew arrives early and, like a swarm of bees, they begin to sheetrock the kitchen and waitress area.  There are so many of them and the sheetrock is flying around everywhere!  We and almost everyone else just get out of the way while they work.

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The Man from East Texas Brick removed the damaged fireplace screen so we decide this would be a good opportunity to clean out and re-mortar the inside of the fireplace.  We are satisfyingly sooty and dirty by the time that project is done!  In the meantime, while the sheetrock is being applied, the vent-a-hoods and the associated air handling equipment arrive!  They immediately start installing the units on the roof!  Wow, this is something we did NOT expect this week!  Paul finishes the shutters covering the control panel but, it does not look like the rest of the woodwork will be ready for paint and stain until next week.

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Friday September 25th

Finally, a pretty day and the stucco crews are working like crazy!  Everyone has been commenting about our obsession with the stucco.  It is not the stucco, but the scaffolding, that prevents other projects like hooking up the water supply and the electricity as well as the wood trim for the exterior of the building which is sitting in the floor of the waiting area ready to go!  The quicker they finish and get the scaffolds out of the way, the quicker we can move on to the rest.  The plaster crew shows up this morning and makes quick work of taping and bedding the sheetrock.  The plastic paneling is here and they will probably install it first thing next week.  Just before lunch, the installation crew arrives to hang the vent-a-hoods and says they will be finished TODAY!  We take a quick trip to the roof to see what they accomplished yesterday.

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True to their word, the crew finished installing the hoods by days end and Paul’s crew applied polyurethane caulk and a layer of rubber sealant to the sheetrock around the dishwashing area to prevent any water infiltration.  With the hoods in place, it is really starting to look like a kitchen again!  HMMM, if we just had some stoves.  Maybe soon!




Well, That’s it for this week.  The stucco crew is supposed to work this weekend.  Next week we hope to see the painters begin staining the woodwork and painting the walls.  Maybe we will get some other cool surprises like the hoods were this week.  In the meantime we are scrubbing pots and pans to be ready.  You never know when the stoves might arrive!  Thanks for taking the time to check in with us and, we will see you next week!


6 Responses to “September 26th Post”

  1. Johnnie Keeling Says:

    I look forward to your updates each week. Finally, it looks like real progress is taking place. Maybe the weather will cooperate next week. Our family is patiently waiting for the day you re-open. All I can say is that we are really craving a trip to Little Mexico. Hurry, ever chance you get!

  2. Johnny & Carolyn Jenkins Says:

    We anxously await your update each week and know it is exciting for you to finally have so much to report! We are almost smelling the food and getting really hungry!!!!

  3. Jennifer C. Says:

    I am counting down the days until my next chile rellano! Thank you guys for working so hard to come back to service in our town!

  4. Aaron P Says:

    coming home to east texas just hasn’t been the same without little mex!
    my parents keep asking if i’ve heard any news about the rebuilding and i stumbled across the blog. what a great idea!
    we’re looking forward to the new place but hope to see the same staff that has served our family and the community for as long as i can remember.

  5. Stephanie H. Says:

    My family and I are glad to see the progress you guys are making. Can’t wait til ya’ll are up and running!! We are craving some good mexican food.

  6. Bill Bartmann Says:

    Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

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