Archive for November, 2009

November 21st Post

November 21, 2009

 

 

Hello everyone!  We finally got a few hours to give you an update and post a few random photos from opening day.  There are even a few cell phone pics in here!  We are so very thankful and humbled by the response from our extended community that words cannot express our gratitude.  We hoped that people would have patience with this long process and that, when we opened, they would still come back.  We NEVER could have expected the response that we got!  We love all of you and are so very grateful for your support, thoughts, and prayers throughout our time of rebuild.  This week has been literally like finding long lost family members!  As time permits in the coming weeks we plan to post a “contractor page” so you will know who we thank for the incredible rebuild job that has been done.  We also want to acknowledge the terrific job done by our local firefighters and the professionalism and cooperation of our city government and officials.  We again want to remind you so that you can plan accordingly that, we WILL NOT be closing down for the holidays this year.  We will be closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and, New Years day only!  Hope you enjoy the photos and have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving day !

 

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We look forward to seeing you soon !!!!!!

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November 18th Post

November 18, 2009

 

OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Will post photos and more later when we get time.  Welcome back!

November 13th Post

November 13, 2009

 

Hello hungry folks!  Well, Friday the 13th has come and gone and it was certainly not unlucky for Little Mexico!  We have had a very productive week this week and today we took possession of the keys.  We are drawing ever closer to the goal line!  Below is a synopsis and a few photo highlights of the week just to tease you.  We have been so busy that there are not very many photos this week.  It won’t be long though and you will be able to see for your self!

Monday November 9th

We begin to receive deliveries of supplies for the first time since March 25th.  First items to arrive are the various hardware items like pans and utensils, glasses and plates.  Mrs. Janet Staples begins applying the wall art that will help to decorate the inside of the building.

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Supplies begin arriving and are checked in…..looking good!

Tuesday November 10th

Supplies continue to arrive while finishing touches are applied to almost every nook and cranny of the building.  Brandon’s office in the kitchen is a focal point of activity as the computers and video equipment arrive and are hooked up all while we are trying to assemble his desk. (at one point there are six people in his 8 x 10 office)  Later in the day and, late into the evening, employees are coming by to practice on the computer system.  The washer and dryer are hooked up but, no one seems to know how to operate them!  Mrs. Staples continues to paint in the relative quiet of the waiting area.

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This all looks like “Mission Control”…..Maybe we will launch a taco

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Wednesday November 11th

We are saddened by the fact that this is the first Veteran’s Day that we have missed in many years.  It has been our pleasure to serve vets a free meal  on Veteran’s day for so long and, we really regret that we could not be there for them this year.  We ask that everyone take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice of so many that guard our freedom and our way of life.  At the restaurant, the final building inspection goes off without any problem!

 

Thursday November 12th

We spend the day moving the steel shelving that we salvaged from the fire back to the restaurant and into the storeroom because, more deliveries are on the way for tomorrow morning and, we still have not unpacked and put away the items from earlier in the week.  Mrs. Staples begins painting the mural on the back wall of the dining area.

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Friday November 13th

Well, we have possession of all of the keys!  Brandon spends a long time in class learning how to operate “Mission Control”.  Coke installs brand new shiny coke machines.  Delivery trucks are lined up in a holding pattern reminiscent of DFW airport on the Friday before Christmas and the shelves are filling up, all of the computers are actually communicating with one another, “punch out” and trim work continues all over the building, the phones are all ringing off the wall, and late in the day you see Paul Harris leaning against a table with his hands in his pockets!  Guess he couldn’t find his golf clubs!  All of this means we are getting REALLY REALLY close!  They even re-stripe the parking lot just before dark.

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We have decided NOT to decide on an opening date!  There is a lot of training and practice still to be done before we open to the public.  The best guess is, that we WILL be open within the next ten days.  If you call and, we answer the phone, better pack up the car!  We are so excited that the time is almost here!  We are really looking forward to seeing all of you again and, we are so thankful for your patience and understanding throughout this long dry spell.  We will continue to keep the blog updated through the opening and, as customers arrive, you may even see yourself on here! 

SEE YOU SOON!

November 8th Post

November 8, 2009

 

Hello again!  Well, this has been a busy week!  Equipment has arrived, supplies have been ordered, carpet has been laid, and we have had employee meetings.  We are getting really close to opening day now!

Tuesday November 3rd

After the electricity was turned on yesterday, we spent most of today cleaning furniture and placing it in it’s proper place.  Randy Mannix spent his day making sure that all of the lights worked. (They ALL did!)  What a terrific wiring job he has done!  The convection oven that we use to cook the individual plates of food arrives and is uncrated, the washer and dryer arrive, the ice machines are installed, stainless steel fabrication continues in the kitchen.

Wednesday November 4th

We have the first of our employee meetings.  It is great to see all of our employees back together for the first time since the fire and view their reactions to the rebuilt restaurant.  We believe that we will get most of the employees back that were here before the fire so, if you have a favorite, most likely they will again be available to help you!

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Thursday November 5th

Lightfoot Carpet One begins to lay the carpeting in the waiting area and host area.  It is starting to look like home again.  The convection oven is put in place and hooked to the gas supply.  The gas was turned on yesterday.  Later today we hope to have the plumbers here to purge and test the gas supply so that we can fire up the oven and begin testing the equipment.  Brandon, Phyllis and Gary are in Tyler completing the programming of the new computers.  We hope to have the system in the building for the employees to practice on by tomorrow.

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Friday November 6th

The oven works!  That means that, when we get food here, we can cook it!  (we plan to place orders later today for the first of the  supplies)  Brandon brings one of the computer terminals back from Tyler and the employees begin to practice entering orders.  We continue cleaning and placing furniture in the newly carpeted areas.  Wow! It really is beginning to LOOK ready to go!  Phyllis and Gary plan to spend the weekend decorating!

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Next week Mrs. Staples begins painting the mural on the back wall, we continue landscaping outside, final touch-up continues inside, the kitchen should be complete, and the employees will continue practicing on the computer system that is scheduled to be installed before week’s end.  We hope to get the first supply deliveries by the end of the week.  We know you are all getting hungry.  Please hold on because it is getting down to a matter of DAYS now, instead of WEEKS! 

 

WE will see you soon!

November 2nd Special Post

November 2, 2009

 

 

On The Two Hundred Twenty Third Day TXU Said:

“LET THERE BE LIGHT”

And there was light!

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Not long after that, the furniture started to come home!

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Yes, it is very dusty but we can clean it up quick enough.  It just looks good to have it in the building again!  We wanted to post this quick update because, it has been a great Monday and, anyone driving by this evening and seeing the lights on might think we were open already.  Shouldn’t be long now!

Thanks for stopping by the blog to check on us.  If your friends missed it you now have one up on them.  See you later in the week!