My girlfriend and I have our calendars synced on our phones so when making plans we can reference each others schedule. October 4th reads “Bae opens?,” representing my initial opening date for Berlu. It was a very realistic opening date as the structure of the building was near completion in the early Spring months this was planned. My plan was to take the private chef position for a few months, roll right into finishing the final details of the space, wait out the culinary festivals/events of September, and comfortably open in October. Things are going far from plan, but we’re slowly making progress. I’ve predicted many opening dates so rather than to offer a new date we’ll just say “We’ll open when we open.” (hopefully it’s soon-soon) Although frustrating I have to be patient and trust all those little twinkles in the sky that have looked over me. Remain optimistic, willing to work hard, and also keep an eye out for opportunity.
Many have asked what I’ll be doing until the opening, with the majority assuming I’d continue as a pop-up. Although I’m proud of how far we’ve come and the few highs we’ve reached, mentally, I feel I’ve moved on from pop-ups. I am no longer Jolie Laide. I now represent Berlu and what Berlu represents is a project that showcases a refinement a pop-up simply can’t. So, until we do open, you might find me picking up shifts at your second or third favorite restaurant in town ;) You may also find me at my Curry/Front Community Garden plot or at Portland City Boxing where I box regularly. Hopefully, you won’t find me in an emergency room as I’ve become determined to master this dance move that involves jumping through a hoop formed by holding one’s foot with one’s hand. Common injuries that can result are facial damage from face plants, broken ankles, shattered egos.
I’ll keep you all posted. We really aren’t too far out, but we are behind schedule. I’m grateful for your support over the years and for your emotional support over the past months. I’m just a guy with a few goals in life and hopefully, soon I’ll be able to cross one off the list.