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Back on Track

We have equipment running again...hurrah! Thanks to Jeff, Brett, Ben, Drew, Andy and Matt for working hard. Now we'll conduct equipment start-ups and TAB, or 'test and balance' of our mechanical equipment. All our refrigeration is working well, and now it's time for HVAC, hoods and gas equipment.

Dining room floors have been finished, and look beautiful thanks to Alex and his team. On to final lighting, sound system, and other finishes!

No Hood Parts Yet

Our replacement parts did not arrive Friday to fix our hood. Now, Monday/17th is expected install date. We're also looking forward to our health inspection sometime this week, so we're busy putting the finishing touches on the place. Stay tuned...

Fingers Crossed

We had a setback this week in our electrical systems. All our beautiful new equipment was installed and ready for testing when some transformer work by a certain electric utility (who shall remain nameless, faceless, and unreachable) caused our circuit panel in our large exhaust hood to burn up. That was Tuesday. Our great team has new parts arriving today, and we will be starting up the hood around noon, in hopes that the parts we've replaced solve all our issues. So think good thoughts for the Kitchen, she needs all your great energy.

New Ceiling


Zina in Crain's Chicago Business

Zina was interviewed for an article in the latest Crain's Chicago Business. Read the article here.

Mortise & Tenon

Mortise and Tenon refers to a type of joint in woodworking. It also refers to the group of craftsman, headed by Rob Kartholl, that is refinishing all the century-old salvaged wood in our Kitchen.

Julie and Julia

I just came home from seeing this film. I loved, loved, loved it. I know, what a shock.

Since food is a great love and the great healer in my own life, I knew I would thoroughly enjoy the movie. But separate from the food, what I loved most was each woman's search for her own meaning and purpose. I feel that similarity intensely, as the Kitchen is concluding construction. I also felt akin to these women having a wonderful supportive spouse. Without my husband, there would be no Kitchen. Nick, you are the butter on my bread, the breath in my life!

Logan Square: Local Food Capital of Chicago

The Dill Pickle Food Coop just started construction around the corner from the Kitchen at 3039 W. Fullerton, just west of Milwaukee Ave. Opening this fall, we look forward to having another neighbor in our local food community. Did I mention it will be the only food coop in Chicago? Financed largely via a member loan program, these dedicated neighbors are building something amazing and wonderful for all of us. Thanks Pickle People!

Grown-Up website on its way

The team at Metrodesign have been hard at work, developing a proper website for Logan Square Kitchen. We hope to present it to you soon. This blog will live on as part of the website; we look forward to continuing to share our experience as we trudge the green mile.

Rhonda and the big green door

Rhonda was put up outside the front entrance to Logan Square Kitchen this week. She will be next to the big, green front door shown below.
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