Travaux – Day 4

It’s decisions making time at Holybelly! The more we expose the space the better it becomes. The kitchen has been completely re-thought to be even more open, sexier and more efficient. All the ceilings, walls, floors and beams have been scrapped down to their original state. It feels like the shop has almost doubled in […]

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Demolition – Day 1

It’s a strange concept to spend a lot of money on a place and then as soon as you get it, spend a lot more money on some guys to come in and demolish the crap out of it. It is also the most satisfying thing that happened to us since we started this little […]

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Pre-Demolition Party

Last night was pretty amazing. This morning… not so much (if anyone out there has a magic cure for killer hangovers, shoot me an mail, please, I beg you.) Papers were signed on Tuesday, not without a fair amount of drama, and we finally got handed what instantly became our most prized possession, THE KEYS! […]

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Holybelly

Because we love this project and because this project has pretty much been our life for the past 6 months, we talk about it a lot. We’re like those expecting parents who just won’t shut up about every single aspects of maternity, sparing you no details, getting really technical when all the other person wants […]

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Down to the wire

You remember those classic 90s movies where the main guy is lying under a truck, his face sweating, biting on a pair of wire cutters, sorting through dozens of colored cables, looking nervously at the timer? 23…22…21… “Man, we should really go! Time is running out!” 19…18…17… “I got this, I know what to do!” […]

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Things are looking up

I’m scared. I’m not scared of opening the CafĂ©, I’m not scared of working long hours and busting my ass to make it a successful business, I’m not scared of the two months of reno coming ahead, I’m scared of our financial system, I’m scared of banks and the crazy people running them. Seriously. They’re […]

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The clock is ticking

This is a message for future Nico. You and I both know that our memory cortex is a little dysfunctional so whatever challenges you’re facing now, I’m sure you forgot everything about what it was like back on Thursday, May 30th 2013. Well, brother, those are pretty stressful times. May is coming to an end […]

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Setting the Table

It should take you about [est_time] to read this. I guess a little bit like what we’re trying to do here, but on a much bigger, much more impressive scale, Danny Meyer compiled 25 years of experience in the restaurant business in a book called “Setting the table”. Recommended by my ex-partner in crime over […]

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4 Months In

Even if we’ve been talking about owning a shop for some time now we’ve actually only been actively working on it full time since mid-January. So we’re roughly four months in and it feels like it’s only been a few weeks. Everything moves so sloooowly on this side of the world, even if you’re pushing […]

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What and why?

Well well well, the first post. Somebody once told me “the way you do one thing is the way you do everything” and that kind of stuck with me. So since this little venture is going to be all about transparency and simplicity I feel like this blog should operate under the same principles. So […]

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