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Offline Stew

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Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:28:31 PM »
Thanks to all the people who have expressed their support.

Thanks also to the construction tradesmen and suppliers who are making this happen.

About two weeks ago, I and one of my partners were at the restaurant when a number of people, passing by, dropped in. It was a delight to meet you and show you how the restaurant is coming together.

It's going to take a bit more time, but we have a great crew working daily, and it's going to happen.

Cheers,

Stew


« Last Edit: January 02, 2017, 09:47:41 PM by Stew »

Offline ljr

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2017, 09:53:13 PM »
Great! Looking forward to it.

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2017, 10:03:31 PM »
I haven't even moved to the hood yet and this is already one of my top spots to visit. Very exciting news.

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2017, 10:16:59 PM »
Great to hear!

Offline Stew

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 10:35:49 PM »
I haven't even moved to the hood yet and this is already one of my top spots to visit. Very exciting news.

I think that our designer, Paul dePoo, has done a beautiful job of designing the space.

For my part ... I want to serve great food at prices that are lower than Manhattan/Brooklyn and work in the neighborhood.

And food that works in the 'hood. I'd love to serve oysters and a seafood platter, but this works only if there is daily demand.


Offline itsit

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2017, 07:46:05 AM »
 We're there. Thanks for persevering. Any rough estimate on opening?

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2017, 11:31:11 AM »
Good to hear

Offline MrPlaza

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2017, 02:08:14 PM »
I haven't even moved to the hood yet and this is already one of my top spots to visit. Very exciting news.

I think that our designer, Paul dePoo, has done a beautiful job of designing the space.

For my part ... I want to serve great food at prices that are lower than Manhattan/Brooklyn and work in the neighborhood.

And food that works in the 'hood. I'd love to serve oysters and a seafood platter, but this works only if there is daily demand.
I hear you. Seafood is tough unless you have a strong sense that the demand is there. It's too expensive to have and not use. I like oysters, but I admit it's not the first thing I reach for as a meal. Even when I'm out with friends. Though, I will say it's definitely a social food. Perhaps it's something that you trot out only for special event-driven occasions, i.e. Oyster night.

Nevertheless, looking forward to it all. I live in LIC now and for every trendy restaurant with good food, there's one or two trendy restaurants with mediocre food that still charge as if they're serving up Michelin-Star quality. I have faith that won't be the case here!

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2017, 09:17:23 PM »
I am so, so happy to hear this. Great news and can't wait to indulge myself...with or without the oysters!....although I'm not opposed to washing them down with a gray goose martini.

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2017, 10:15:05 PM »
Terrific news. Best of luck with the ongoing renovations.

Offline PizzaRat

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2017, 04:29:37 PM »
That's great news! Will there be a bar at Swim Two Birds? How late will you be open? So excited to support a new local business!

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2017, 06:12:34 PM »
Any rough estimate on opening?

Once we open, I may express some views on why this is taking so long, but for the moment I'll say only that I no longer give estimates :)

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2017, 06:27:15 PM »
Will there be a bar at Swim Two Birds? How late will you be open?

As neighbors who were by a couple of weeks ago saw, we have built a bar near the entrance that will seat seven or eight people. Not big, but cosy. The chairs are custom made, they're really comfortable, and I'm in love with them :)

I would like to see us serving food until around 11:00 pm on weekends (closing maybe around midnight), but this will depend on demand.

Thanks for the questions.

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2017, 06:55:46 PM »
Great news and can't wait to indulge myself...with or without the oysters!....although I'm not opposed to washing them down with a gray goose martini.

Heaven = Eastern US and Canadian oysters + dark/hard/dense rye + dry, minerally white wine OR really chilled straight vodka OR a bracing vodka martini :)
« Last Edit: January 04, 2017, 07:07:43 PM by Stew »

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2017, 08:54:23 PM »
Still thinking about oysters and seafood platters tonight :)

Brooklyn's Maison Premiere, which I assume took its name from a Paris restaurant that I worked at called Maison Prunier, has become extremely popular for oysters and platters.

I don't know whether there will be the same demand in Jackson Heights - maybe with younger people - but I want to try offering oysters from Long Island as well as further north to Maine, New Brunswick, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

For a special occasion, I'd be into bringing in some of the truly great French oysters, the subject of Eleanor Clark's "Oysters of Locmariaquer", which won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

We're going to have some fun with this restaurant.
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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
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