We had our first in-person review with the Department of Buildings (DOB), and came back with more clarifications and comments. We’ve since made all the updates and will be meeting with DOB again today. Fingers crossed that we will be approved or close to being approved.
We also met with an amazing General Contractor and got his revised construction budget proposal back. The numbers are looking good, and we should be signing the contract with them come next week.
Hopefully, by the next update, we’ll have started construction and sprinting towards the finish line. We at Coast and Valley really appreciate your patience and your help.
Great news. We have finally filed for our construction permit, and have already received the first round of feedback from the Department of Buildings. We’re working diligently to make sure this part of the process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible. We have also received two contractor bids and will be making our final decision very soon. That being said, we are looking at a Spring 2019 expected opening!
Another piece of good news, we were just mentioned in the New York Magazine as one of the new openings people should look out for. And our press effort will continue to build up excitement until we open.
Stay tuned for more updates, and as soon as our permit is approved it’s full steam ahead on finishing the buildout.
Again, we can’t thank you enough for your supp
We have a couple of updates for you this month.
All of the architectural and engineering plans have been approved by the acoustic engineer as the landlord requested. Now everything including the Building Permit applications are on the landlord’s desk waiting to be signed. Once he signs it, we’ll finally file for our building permit.
Secondly, after working with our PR and Marketing teams over the last couple of months, we have decided to rename our flagship store to Coast and Valley, paying homage to California’s natural topography and where most of the wine grapes are grown. We will file the new name as a DBA, and the LLC will remain as California 88 LLC. We will spend this upcoming week updating all of our marketing channels, in the meantime here’s a preview of our new logo.
This last month had been a continuation of refining the construction documents. The landlord had asked for many more changes to be made to the plans in order to mitigate the noise level, and have also asked for a full acoustical review of the entire building plan.
We have completed all the design changes, and the acoustical review is underway as we speak, and will be completed by early next week. After the acoustic engineers approve the revised plans, we will finally be able to file for our construction permits.
We look forward to sharing more news with you next month as we work toward a Fall 2018 anticipated opening. Thank you all so much for your support and patience.
We recently brought on Director of Communications, Blake Mackay, who will help head up the PR efforts and ongoing communications strategy for California 88. Blake has an impressive resume and has worked with some of the best in food & beverage (including Atelier Crenn, April Bloomfield, Botanica, Otway, and many others). She is well-loved by all who work with her. We feel super fortunate to have her on the team!
We’re also in the midst of hiring a marketing/branding team to help us flesh out our marketing and social media strategy for the launch. And we’re selecting the interior design color palette and finishes with our designer Lisa Boone.
Our anticipated opening is in Fall 2018. The cause of the delay is just the complexity of NYC building code, and our expediter had reques
It is absolutely unbelievable the amount of support you all have shown us as we wrap up this campaign. Thank you so very much for believing in our business, in us, and helped us reached our extended goal.
As soon as we have a tentative opening date set, we will send out your bonus rewards and give you some time to make plans for the opening parties here in Brooklyn. We want to say a big thank you to everyone again, and can’t wait to see you at the wine bar!
On the heels of a great trip to California, we just got back from the menu tasting with our Michelin-starred consulting chef. We spent 8 hours tasting every single dish, making notes and refinements to each one. All of us around the table couldn’t be more excited about this menu. We’re elevating bar food to another level, and we can’t wait for everyone to try this menu soon.
On the construction side, all the HVAC, plumbing and electrical plans have been received. And we’re meeting with our entire team to finalize the construction plans and set the date to start interior construction. We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress along the way.
We’ve had another great week of developments. As of last week, we’ve raised 100% of our equity investments. This week, we have been traveling through Northern California visiting wineries, meeting winemakers and gathering food and hospitality inspiration. From this trip have been able to add another 20 wines to our list. These photos give you a peek into our trip!
Thank you to all of our investors that have contributed which has helped us reach 50% of funding for our campaign. This is an exciting milestone for us!
This week we secured a great mechanical engineer to oversee the completion of our construction plans including our plumbing, HVAC and sprinkler mechanics. Once he’s finished we’ll be filing our construction permits and will begin interior construction. And, we have signed on an experienced Michelin-starred chef who we are consulting with on our menu development.
We have completed the exterior build-out (see the photos below), the interior demising wall, and some initial electrical work. Additionally, we are finalizing the mechanical engineering design for the space. Once the design is completed, we will begin the work on the HVAC system, sprinkler system and initial ceiling construction.