better construction photos

For those who are paying close attention, here are some construction photos from a decent digital camera instead of my cell phone camera. These are from this past weekend, which was another snowy cold winter day here in Chicago. – Mark

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Dogs behind the walls

The skeleton of the walls and ceiling and counters is quickly taking shape. One interesting thing about the north wall is that the new wall will be built without ripping out the old wall, so the wallpaper of the cooking dogs will still be there for the next tenants to discover! Sorry about the quality […]

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plate imagery

Today was our first photo shoot with our publicist and a photographer to get some photographs of some of the exciting Big Jones dishes. Paul spent hours this week getting ready, buying ingredients and plates. This afternoon, Paul got our home kitchen into full swing while the photographer and publicist got all the equipment ready. […]

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Doing Business, Chicago Style

Chicago, being the city of Al Capone & the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, has some of the most stringent liquor licensing requirements in the country, and probably the world, for that matter. In the twelve years that I’ve been in Chicago, the city has gotten better and better at helping business owners navigate the regulatory […]

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What are we eating?

Tonight we had dinner at home trying out some dishes we may feature at the restaurant. Red Beans with Chow-Chow and homebaked Sally Lunn. Chow-Chow is a relish much like my Grandma used to fill up her pantry with every season with her garden’s bounty. A little sweet, quite a bit sour, and kinda salty, […]

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