For those of you wondering why this has taken so long, here is the process as I explained in a letter to my staff yesterday:
Our giant, patio-sized overhead (transparent) tarps were finished two days ago and now must be picked up by my freight forwarder in China, hopefully over the weekend. These are being airfreighted and should arrive in the next 7-12 days depending how long it takes for them to clear U.S. Customs. I have a professional crew coming to hang them, so that will happen in one day.
I received the full-scale samples required to build, test, and calibrate a prototype “heated table” Thursday and James and I went out and sat on the patio at 46° and confirmed that my idea was good one. Legs are warm, fingers are toasty; ankles will still get a little chili because all the heat rises. I’ve been working with engineers in Singapore calibrating all the different heating elements (legs and hands) across different sizes and temperatures to ensure comfortability and safety of our guests – all the while making sure Tavern can handle the electrical draw. They‘re perfectly safe and do 90% of what I hoped (ankles and faces are only marginally heated). I was disappointed it wasn’t perfect but James said it was “incredible.” The 44 heating elements (in 4 different configurations) will unfortunately take 6-10 days to produce, but they will be FedExed and will arrive 2-3 days after they are finished at the factory.
You will see my crazy seamstress friend Sheryl (72yo and still a HARDCORE windsurfer) and her seamstresses friends around the restaurant cutting and sewing custom-fit table cloths over the next week or so. Each of the tablecloths is made of wind-proof vinyl material that hangs all the way to the ground and has a reinforced flap for guests to scoot their chair into which maintains a seal from the elements around their legs. We can’t keep air from circulating under their chairs, but it works pretty darn well. I need you to treat these tablecloths like gold as we set up and break down each day.
We will have 25 heated tables outside: 20 will be heated on hands and legs, 5 (the 2-tops with 4 legs and no center column) will be heated on hands only. I will make reservable only the “hands and legs” tables and leave the hands-only as walk-in tables).
WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!
Tavern on Kruse | TAVERN ON KRUSE, 4835 Meadows Rd Suite 133, Lake Oswego, OR 97035