Closing early & getting stuff done in spite of current circumstances
Xin Chao has decided to close its offering early, with a new closing date of April 2, 2020. If Xin Chao is under its maximum funding goal before that date, it will continue to accept investments until the new closing date. If you've invested in Xin Chao, you have the option to cancel your commitment until 11:59 pm CST on March 31, 2020.
Enclosed is an update from Xin Chao.
The NextSeed Team
Before Houston invoked a Stay At Home mandate on March 24, we were busy with renovations on our new home at 2310 Decatur St. We’ve redone the bar with new tiles on the backsplash and bar top, and also got new plush blue and gold stools for our future bar guests. We also bought and assembled new chairs and had benches built to begin setting up our banquette seating for the dining section. Yesterday, we received delivery of new tabletops which were handcrafted by a local woodworker. The color scheme will be light wood, soft gray, dark blue, emerald green, and accents of black and gold. Once everything is done, the dining and bar areas will look quite different from before.
Something feng shui that we did was move our main entrance to the double doors facing Decatur St. The restaurant flow feels better to us this way, and now guests will be able to access our entrance more easily from the parking spaces behind the building. In the process of moving the main entrance, we’ve reworked some of the fencing around the patio to fit the flow of foot traffic. This also allowed us to add an additional parking spot, and we all know how finding a place to park can be a challenge in this part of town!
Chefs Tony and Christine have been working diligently on finalizing the opening menu by testing recipes and figuring out plating and presentation. John has been overseeing the design and renovations of the space. We’ve also begun a call for hiring, so if you know anyone interested in joining the Xin Chao start-up, please send them our way.
With the COVID-19 pandemic so adversely affecting the restaurant industry, we are aware that we are facing great challenges. However, we are optimistic and are using this “stay at home” time to continue interviewing prospective candidates via video chat and developing recipes in our respective home kitchens.
Once the Stay At Home mandate lifts, we’ll continue working on the beverage program and adding lighting and art to Xin Chao. A local muralist has been commissioned to pain an art piece in the restaurant. We’re going for a bright, minimalistic, mid-century modern aesthetic, and hope you’ll like it as much as we do.
We expect a slight delay with our opening because of this unprecedented situation, but once we do open, we believe people will be craving shared experiences and community more than ever, and we will be right there to welcome you and say, “Xin chao!"