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Offline Stew

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Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:53:16 PM »
We have decided that Swim Two Birds will be the name of the restaurant opening on 37th Avenue between 75th and 76th streets this fall.

People who are interested in following the restaurant's progress from now until opening are invited to follow our new Twitter account at https://twitter.com/swimtwobirdsny  (@SwimTwoBiirdsNY).

We have also opened Facebook and Instagram accounts and will be posting those links tomorrow.

One of the major issues for guests is comfortable seating. I'm excited to say that tomorrow morning I'll be paying a visit to Artistic Frame's New York office to confirm an order for custom chairs for our restaurant. You can see Artistic Frame's work at http://artisticframe.com/browse/showcases.asp?showcaseid=2




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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 09:33:32 AM »
I like the Flann O'Brien reference, Stew. Will you have Guinness on tap? Hopefully you don't get TOO meta with the menu.

Best of luck shepherding your vision into existence -- seems like an exciting and necessary addition to the neighborhood!

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2015, 10:42:36 AM »
Love, love, love the reference; can't wait to try it out!

PS: Stew, I hope you are getting the French Canopy chairs.  JK, mostly.
http://artisticframe.com/browse/details.asp?productid=286

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2015, 11:13:37 AM »
Classy.  Very classy.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015, 11:40:05 PM »
Love, love, love the reference; can't wait to try it out!

PS: Stew, I hope you are getting the French Canopy chairs.  JK, mostly.
http://artisticframe.com/browse/details.asp?productid=286

Thanks.

The French Canopy is quite the armchair, but we're just a little restaurant, not The Plaza or The Dorchester :)

The chair I ordered this morning is a contemporary chair of Artistic's own design for which they are going to make matching bar chairs. Artistic says that we'll have a 3D image early next week.


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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2015, 11:56:20 PM »
Will you have Guinness on tap? Hopefully you don't get TOO meta with the menu.

Despite Guinness's claims to the contrary, I have had their stout both in and outside Ireland, and outside has never tasted the same. Guinness is notoriously difficult to pour properly, so maybe that's the problem. Or maybe it's in my head.

Hopefully you don't get TOO meta with the menu.

O'Brien put a modern spin on classics. And with a sense of humor. If we can do the first, and maybe a bit of the second, we don't need meta :)




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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2015, 12:09:34 AM »
We've opened Facebook and Instagram accounts, content to be added starting this weekend:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swim-Two-Birds/509058845927019
Instagram: https://instagram.com/swimtwobirdsny/

And here's our new Twitter account with its first tweet: https://twitter.com/swimtwobirdsny


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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2015, 07:34:58 PM »
zubloop, cassat,

Ireland's public broadcaster - RTÉ - broadcast an excellent documentary about Flann O'Brien in 2007. It won the Irish Film and Television Award that year for Best Documentary.  Brendan Gleeson narrates. If you're interested, the film's editor has uploaded it to Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/94852078

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2015, 04:34:46 PM »
I'm looking forward to working with the Jackson Heights Greenmarket vendors. They offer excellent produce at prices significantly more reasonable than Union Square. I've posted a photo of this morning's market to the restaurant's new Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages:

Facebook (this is a public page): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swim-Two-Birds/509058845927019
Instagram: https://instagram.com/swimtwobirdsny/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/swimtwobirdsny

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2015, 09:15:57 PM »
Today's issue will resonate with anyone who has considered natural stone for a kitchen counter. We spent the day visiting three companies on Long Island that sell quartzite, marble and granite. We plan a natural stone bar, and some of us involved in the project, although not all, are keen on stone table tops.

On looks, we'd go with marble in a heartbeat. As a practical matter, it scratches easily and doesn't get along well with acids, as in spilled wine and citrus wedges. The patina might look great at year 10, maybe less great at six months.

The upshot is that I'm phoning two friends tomorrow who know a thing or two about stone, but don't sell it and therefore don't have a stone to grind: a friend in Vermont who uses stone wall techniques to create art, and a friend in Canada who is a sculptor.

Hoping that the friend in Vermont will be able to give me the straight goods on Vermont Danby marble, which while expensive is beautiful and is said to be tougher (denser, less porous) than most marble.
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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2015, 09:28:44 AM »
We just used soapstone in our kitchen and I love it. It's non-porous, heat-resistant, and beautiful.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2015, 09:36:36 AM »
Keep us updated, Stew. I am getting a new countertop too and going through the same conundrums too.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2015, 06:20:01 PM »
Keep us updated, Stew. I am getting a new countertop too and going through the same conundrums too.

We visited the Global, Nash and Stone World yards. There's enough difference in stock that it's worth visiting a few of them. As you may know (we didn't), the way the business works only your fabricator can give you a quote. The yards won't tell you more than that stone A will be more expensive than stone B, and they won't even tell you by how much. So you write down the code for the slabs you're interested in, and the yard sends that info off to your fabricator, who will then give you a price. Fairly frustrating, actually.

And of course the lighting in the yards is all over the place, and won't match the lighting of your interior. So who knows what the stone will wind up looking like :)

I have a call in to my Vermont friend, who I'm hoping will be a big help.
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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2015, 06:31:11 PM »
We just used soapstone in our kitchen and I love it. It's non-porous, heat-resistant, and beautiful.

I told our designer that I have a home in Newfoundland where I could buy stone that sells at a premium in NY. When I told him this stone is dark, as is soapstone, it was the end of the discussion. He wants light given the rest of the design, and he's right.
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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2015, 06:58:38 PM »
For those interested in design issues, today I posted a drawing showing the design options for the dining room's rear wall and a photo of the wall tile we'll be using there:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SwimTwoBirdsNY
Instagram: https://instagram.com/swimtwobirdsny
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwimTwoBirdsNY

Late this adternoon, we received Artistic Frame's images of the dining and bar chairs. Really happy and will post them tomorrow.

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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2015, 06:58:38 PM »