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Offline newjhuser

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2017, 06:58:42 PM »
Where's the location of this place?

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2017, 11:22:01 PM »
I love raw oyster! I think the demand is there with the younger crowd. Can't wait for you guys to open.

Raw oysters are not merely for the young!  Lol. 

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2017, 02:50:30 PM »
on 37th avenue, just east of 76th street. there's a green shed around the front of the storefront right now, so you can't miss it.

Where's the location of this place?

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2017, 08:51:57 PM »
I love raw oyster! I think the demand is there with the younger crowd. Can't wait for you guys to open.

I love Brooklyn's Maison Premier, and of course Balthazar. If there's demand, we're going to compete with them :)

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2017, 08:53:12 PM »
I love raw oyster! I think the demand is there with the younger crowd. Can't wait for you guys to open.

Raw oysters are not merely for the young!  Lol.

:)

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2017, 09:02:02 PM »
As someone with back problems that often has to leave bars/restaurants due to uncomfortable seating, that's awesome to hear! Best of luck to you.

We hired North Carolina's Artistic Frame to make all of the chairs, custom, both for the bar and tables. Here is their website: http://artisticframe.com

We now have Artistic's chairs, and have tried them out, and I think that you will be very happy with the result.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2017, 09:11:22 PM by Stew »

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2017, 10:06:18 AM »
As someone that was opposed to the way this whole thing was handled here in the forums a while back I am glad this is finally coming to fruition and I hope it works out the best for you Stew. Glad to see this long and what looks like frustrating process almost over for you. I have to say I learned quite a bit with the transparency.

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2017, 04:35:02 PM »
Any more updates on this place?  Seems like they halted work once again?

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2017, 07:16:21 PM »
Any more updates on this place?  Seems like they halted work once again?

As I have said before, people are welcome to phone us. Probably more accurate than the rumor mill.

There is a problem about building violations that have nothing to do with us, and that have had an unacceptable impact on us. There are ongoing discussions that will hopefully result in an amicable solution.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2017, 07:29:48 PM by Stew »

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2017, 09:05:41 PM »
Still looking forward to the opening.  :)

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2017, 10:46:25 AM »
Cant wait for you to open. Thanks for your perseverance!!

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2017, 06:19:59 PM »
It is just bizarre that these old building violations are holding you up. They did not seem to affect the previous tenant in that space, which was not there all that long--two years maybe-- and my understanding is that these violations are quite old. And they don't affect any of the existing businesses there--just a new one that wants to renovate their space? It seem totally insane.

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #42 on: March 05, 2017, 07:40:49 PM »
It is just bizarre that these old building violations are holding you up. They did not seem to affect the previous tenant in that space, which was not there all that long--two years maybe-- and my understanding is that these violations are quite old. And they don't affect any of the existing businesses there--just a new one that wants to renovate their space? It seem totally insane.

Certain of the violations involve existing businesses and our predecessor as a tenant, and some are very old.

What I will say is that the violations, both recent and old, have nothing to do with us. Proceedings against us for an alleged violation, due to doing nothing more than cleaning up the place for a major renovation, were dismissed in their entirety, and there is not a single violation against us.

There are discussions to try and sort this out, and it probably isn't helpful for me to be more detailed at the moment :)
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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #43 on: March 05, 2017, 08:17:06 PM »
I will add this. At one point, we were alleged to be in violation of the building code on signage because we took down the illegal box sign put up by the prior tenant, which, apart from having electrical deficiencies, was, like every other storefront on that block, inconsistent with the building's original Art Deco design.

When we took down the box, it was alleged that what remained was a wire exposed to the outside. It didn't occur to the city inspector to ask, when we removed the box, whether there was any longer any power to the wire.
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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #44 on: March 05, 2017, 10:02:13 PM »
It's important for people to understand what these building inspectors are doing.

Ours is actually a professional engineer. He is the guy whose entire complaint against us was thrown out. He has not been replaced and continues to be our inspector.

He showed up either the day of the court decision, or the day after, to determine whether we had complied with his order. We told him that all of his allegations against us had been dismissed, and asked him why he had gone after us.

He walked out of our space in silence. When we followed, and said we'd like to talk, he threatened us with criminal proceedings for "harassment".

He is our building inspector to this minute - yes, we are apparently supposed to deal with him despite his dismissed allegations and his threat against us of criminal proceedings. 



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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #44 on: March 05, 2017, 10:02:13 PM »