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I get a glimpse

Restaurant-wise, we are entering what I call Crackdown Mode. That sounds sort of scary, I realize, as though it might involve body armor and high-tech weaponry, but what it actually means is even scarier. It means that this restaurant, this Delancey thing, is now a full-time job. Not just for Brandon, but for me, too.

It feels good. It feels good to be caught up in its momentum, pulled along by something so tangible and so big. But it also feels like diving into a murky pool, enormous and very deep, and I can’t see a damned thing. I know I have to jump in, and I want to jump in, but let me tell you, it is dark down there. I hope that doesn’t sound too depressing, because I don’t mean it that way. What I mean is that it’s consuming. It’s complete immersion. We move by feeling our way. And sometimes, every now and then, I get a glimpse of what it will look like in the end, when it’s finished and open and full of noise and food and fire in the oven, and it makes me so proud and so excited that I don’t know whether to grin, or sob, or both. And the afterglow of that lights the way through the muck for a while, until I get a glimpse again.

This morning, we went to our friend Olaiya’s house and sat around her table for four hours, making lists and dividing up tasks. It was first official Delancey Planning Meeting. I don’t know how we made it this far without one. Olaiya is my role model in the departments of neatness and personal organization, and she has tons of experience in the restaurant industry, and she is also, most notably, a saint. She’s going to be our right hand woman for the next couple of months, as we get Delancey up and running. Every day, we get a lot done, but somehow, there’s still more to do. I’m convinced that our to-do lists secretly meet up and breed each night, while we sleep. To give you an idea of what I mean, here’s some of what we did today, in addition to our meeting:

Chose colors for the façade and front door
Decided on the hallway light fixture
Chose the dining room floor color
Finalized the wall color for one bathroom
Bought more paint
Sold some equipment that we don’t need
Made a mockup of a light fixture, using a cider jug and an Edison 1910 bulb
Finalized the list of sodas that we will carry
Planned the opening
Decided how much staff to open with
Had an electrician rewire and put in light switches

I know I said a few weeks ago that we were aiming to open in mid-May, but we’ve now moved on to look toward June, with our fingers firmly crossed. If I were my mother, this is the part when I would smile and shrug and say cheerfully, Tune in for the next episode! I love it when she says that.

I thought you might like to see some photos of the latest developments. To wit, the bar stools up there on the left. Most of the restaurant equipment and decor is secondhand or made by us, but the bar stools are new, a splurge from Design Within Reach. To the right of them are a few of the chairs for the dining room. They’re mid-century Danish, found on Craigslist and elsewhere. Of the rest of the dining chairs (stacked just out of view), about half came from Sunset Bowl, our neighborhood’s historic bowling alley, which closed last April after more than fifty years of business. They’re mid-century teak Thonet chairs, and after Brandon bought them at auction, our friends Shauna and Dan let us store them in their garage for an entire year. You can see them, scrubbed clean and draped with plastic sheeting to ward off dust, in the second photo above. And the table bases, a few of which you can see on the right immediately above, came from a local restaurant that lost its lease and closed a few months ago. I like to think we’re resurrecting them.

Also, the dishwasher has now been installed. And the dishwashing sink, the prep sink, two floor sinks, the mop sink, and the hand sink. Restaurants require a ridiculous number of sinks. Brandon wanted me to do an entire post on the sinks and title it “Sink or Swim.” You can see how excited I was about that idea.

I am, however, very excited to announce that we have completed seven of what will be eleven concrete tabletops. Each one requires an entire bag of cement, a little over four quarts of water, and a lot of sweat. That’s Brandon up there, patting the wet concrete into its melamine mold. And below, he is unscrewing the sides of the mold to release the tabletop that we poured the night before. I just noticed that he is wearing the same shirt in both shots, which means that he probably never took it off. Fresh clothes are sometimes less important than the to-do list.

Once each slab of concrete is dry, it gets painted with several coats of sealant. Then it is nestled into a natural steel frame, and any gaps around the edges are filled with silicone or resin. Then the whole thing gets glued to a piece of plywood, which is then screwed to the table base. Like so:

We got the idea for the table design from Rose Bakery, in Paris. (If you have its cookbook Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, you can see the tables in a few of the photos, particularly on pages 57 and 90.) Here’s what the edge of the table looks like from above.

This particular concrete slab was one of the early ones, and it has more bubbles than the recently completed specimens. Brandon has gotten to be quite a pro at working with concrete. I had no idea he was so handy.

And here’s the oven façade, or what will soon be the oven façade, once it’s covered over with tile board and then Heath seconds. The tiles will be a sort of brownish gray. And to the right there, just behind the façade, will be the salad station. Beyond that will be prep tables, and a fridge, and storage space. Soon.

And sometimes Brandon fires up the oven, even though we’re too distracted to make much from it. We fire it up anyway, and we make some pizzas, and we stare at the flames for a while, and I take some pictures, and then we go to sleep. And then we do it all again.


Blogger MyLastBite said...

Your Crackdown Mode is inspiring.

I was just complaining to my husband about watering the garden in the scorching sun today, but I'll shut up now.

: )

12:42 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger lauren lim said...

A year? They let you store the chairs for a WHOLE year? I think that merits a year of free pizza. :)

The concrete tables are TIIIIIGHT!

1:29 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Gourmet Chick said...

I love the tables in the Rose Bakery - good choice!

2:23 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Sara said...

Waouh, your husband is "très bricoleur", as we say in Lyon. Lucky you! Are you good with tools as well?

2:37 AM, April 21, 2009  
OpenID racheleats said...

We could do with a bit of crackdown mode around here. Your post has inspired me to at least make a list - I like a list.
I made your farro, lentils and onion for supper on Sunday, we didn't have feta but some salty pecorino romano was a pretty good companion.
Enjoy your full immersion and looking forward to tuning in for the next episode.
ps like any good TV drama you could tease us with little trailers and cliffhangers for next week
'brandon loses the plot over paint colours' or 'Molly and brandon come to blows over soda choices'or 'Electrician lost in plastic sheeting'

2:50 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger trupeach said...

it's all happening!

3:28 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger TD wool design said...

the process is as important as the goal. it's wonderful that you'll have this documentation. best wishes!

3:50 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Gemma said...

It looks and sounds amazing Molly. Chris and I frequently daydream about the day when we decide to leave the world of offices and regular paycheques to strike out on our own. You are reminding me why I want it to happen. Oh, and all of the furniture looks beautiful.

3:56 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Sabrina said...

Hi (^_^) just wanted to drop some words of enouragement....love the progress you have shown ith pictures...I myself will be movin into a new place so I can understand (in a small way- the scale differs greatly)the effort...I love the loving energy you are putting in...cheers! ^_^

3:59 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Green Tahina: said...

Looks like you are finally getting there.....Good luck finishing quickly.

4:01 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Please don't misunderstand, Molly. I think you're wonderful. I love your writing, and am happy for you and Brandon and your successes.

But I feel like the last few months have been a whole lot less recipes, and a lot more talking about the book and restaurant. Please don't forget what got most of us reading your blog to begin with.

4:46 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Laura said...

this is all so inspiring! it's nice to see the gritty progress photos instead of just before/after. good luck!

4:48 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger gennysent said...

It all sounds so exciting!

5:06 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Blushing hostess said...

Coming along - it's going to be great - cannot wait to eat there!

5:23 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Ciao Chow Linda said...

It's a good thing you're young. Your plans sound exhausting but wonderful.

5:30 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Prue Barrett said...

It is a really exciting and incredibly exhausting time opening a restaurant. I have enormous respect for you both for being brave and following your dream. Best of luck to you both and good luck with the to-do lists, in my experience they get smaller but never fully completed!

5:45 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger gail said...

For a second there, I thought it said "plan the planning"...which I guess it is! LOVE the photos, so intriguing!!!

5:52 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, Amazing and Whoa! I guess the next book will be titled Homemade Restaurant Life.


5:52 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Congratulations. Though a lot of work, it looks like such a fun project... you must be terribly satisfied at the completion of each task!

5:57 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger lily claire said...

some day you will look back on this wistfully...it's kind of like having a baby, you must savor every moment for they slip away so fast!

6:01 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Foodie said...

How exciting! The tables look utterly fab - I've actually always fancied concrete worktops in the kitchen.

6:05 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger A Brown Eyed Girl said...

How exciting for you guys. Watching your dreams come true inspires the rest of us. I always look forward to your updates on the restaurant. Thanks for letting us share the experience.

6:10 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger the little travelers said...

woah. the place looks like it's going to be fantastic. i drool over that oven!

6:14 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger smith kaich jones said...

Yes, it is dark down there, and scary, but I have this Zen quote hanging on the wall over my desk which sometimes helps me through those scary parts: One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.It will be gorgeous & wonderful & fun & belly-clenching, just like a roller coaster. When you start down those really steep drops, just scream & hold on!

:) Debi

6:17 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger EMBELLISHER said...

How exciting and exhausting it must be but most fulfilling all the same.I like the education I got about the restaurant business from this post, my only other insight has been the books of Anthony Bourdain.

6:25 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Holly from Sustainable Suppers said...

Forza, Molly!

Reading these updates always makes me think of the My Life in France or The Tenth Muse: you and Brandon are a continuation of that inspiring and beautiful line of collaborative, loving, creative food couples. It's so wonderful to bear a bit of witness to your projects from afar.

Now. Where shall we send the vats of chocolate? At some point, when the energy starts to flag, you'll be in need of some serious applications of this fine medicine.

6:29 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous beyond said...

this is awesome. you guys must be so excited. (and exhausted.)

6:34 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger hannah said...

i'm just sitting here grinning like a dope. i love this so much molly. you and brandon putting so much of yourselves into this. all i can think is, this is really living. cheesy yes, but true. go team!!

6:35 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Janetta said...

I'm going to be in Seattle for the first time ever all the way from BOSTON the weekend of July 4. Don't delay too much, because Delancy is definitely on my eating itinerary!

6:38 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Julia said...

i love everything about this post. especially sink or swim. :)

6:41 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger shari said...

i love that you are documenting the progress. it's all so exciting! love those tables too. you and brandon are inspirations. hoping all goes smoothly from now to june. xox

6:51 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous nicolette said...

beautiful photos! and i love those tables at rose bakery, they feel so industrial and home-y at the same time.

6:57 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Sarah Beam said...

Ooooo. I just love concrete. Love, love, love it. My husband built concrete countertops for our kitchen, and they have developed a gorgeous patina over the past few years, discolored in some spots, and with little bleachy dribbles in areas (where I have inadvertently squirted lemon juice on it).

6:58 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Amanda Nicole said...

I love the documentation of this process. I feel like I learn so much every post! It must be wonderful to see and record all the small victories, which will roll up into one big one very soon.

7:00 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Maggie said...

Oh, it's so much work! But will definitely be something to be proud of, and people will flock there and be so happy.

7:04 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I know the feeling. When Walter has a trial coming up, the office goes into what I have always called lockdown.

As we there now, I know how you feel.

It's exciting watching your progress. Next time you come to NYC, I'll meet you at the corner of Essex and Delancey and take a photo of you under the street sign!

Please continue to keep us posted. Good luck to you and Brandon.

7:05 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Laura said...

I see so much progress, yes it has a very dark bottom but the light is shining somewhere.

Keep the dream on, it is happening.

Living the restaurant experience vicariously through you guys.


7:05 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger jbeach said...

Thanks for giving us a peek into what must be one of the craziest times of your life. I have a food business germinating in my mind right now and this is inspirational.
I can't imagine what it must feel like to be deep within the tunnel, seeing some light ahead and lot of road past. Awesome.

7:14 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger reya said...

I love seeing these shots of Delancey growing. I'm so very excited for you guys.

7:15 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Laura [What I Like] said...

You two are such a wonderful team! Looks like you're making excellent progress and I must say I fully approve of the Heath tiles. I went to their factory store a while back and spent about 45 minutes in the tile section just staring. Such beautiful product!

7:18 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Awesome adventurousness, you two! We send love and energy to you and can't wait for the opening!

7:22 AM, April 21, 2009  
OpenID onlinepastrychef said...

You will want to laugh and sob, so make sure you take time to do both before you open. You'll hardly have time to breathe once you open those doors. I mean that in a good way. Very exciting; love the concrete tabletops!

7:27 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Chelsea said...

Delancey is coming along nicely. I wish I lived close enough to come to the opening. What a great excuse to finally visit Seattle!

7:46 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Erin said...

Sad, I won't be living in Seattle by the time Delancey opens. Oh well, at least I know where I'll be eating when I come back to visit.

What exciting times you are living through. Enjoy every minute.

7:53 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the progress! Looking back at old posts, it's amazing how quickly, really, things have come together. Best of luck on it all -- and MLB, I agree. My to-do list looks positively minimalist in comparison... :)
Can't wait for the opening!

7:58 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Samantha said...

Wow Molly, you and Brandon sure have been busy. Thanks for updating us all, and good luck with all of your lists!

8:02 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Mónica said...

now i realize what you mean when you say it´s time consuming! It´s a lot of work!
Has i was reading your post i was making a picture in my head of how Delancey will look like. And i think it will look great with all those details. I loved the oven!I have a thing about wood ovens.
Anyway, i could go on and on, but i just want to tell you again that i wish you the best. I hope Delancey will be everything you want it to be!


8:13 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Isabelle said...

You got chairs from Sunset Bowl? What an awesome slice of Seattle history in your place!

8:41 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Carole said...

keep the faith!

8:44 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Tanaya said...

So is it really weird that I'm sitting here, reading your blog and wanting to call you up and offer to help out with manual labor on a weekend or two?

You are both awesome and I wish you the best. (and seriously, I'm in Magnolia...I'd gladly swing by on a Saturday!).

8:49 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Bridget said...

Reading this makes me want pizza.

But most things make me want pizza.

9:01 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Michelle @ www.PorktoPurslane.com said...

I would say that opening a restaurant is MORE than a full-time job. But it sounds like the two of you are enjoying the journey as much as the destination, and that is so important.
It will be a BEAUTIFUL space and an excuse for me to travel north sometime in June...

9:06 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Thank you, everyone! Brandon and I are so heartened by these comments. Thank you, thank you.

Sara, weeeell, no, I'm not so good with tools, sadly. But I'm good at making decisions and overseeing details! And I keep Brandon company sometimes while he wields the tools. Does that count?

Carolyn, you're right: there have been fewer recipes lately, and I'm very sorry about that. But this site has never been only about recipes, or about food. It's always been about the place where life intersects with food. Right now, my food life is largely centered on this restaurant, and I don't have as much time to cook - and try new recipes, especially - as I would like to. It won't always be that way, but for a while, that's what it is. I hope you'll understand.

Thank you for that quote, Debi! So perfect.

Holly, we would LOVE some vats of chocolate! And ice cream. And beer! Yes, please.

Janetta, we'll do our best! Fingers crossed.

Sarah Beam, so glad you share our love for concrete. It really is handsome, even in its flaws.

Isabelle, we were so excited to get those chairs! It was sad to see Sunset Bowl close, but we're happy to give some of its old belongings a new home.

Tanaya, it's not weird! Actually, it's very, very nice of you. For now, I think we're doing okay, labor-wise - we've got a lot of people lined up to help us paint, etc. - but I really appreciate your offer.

9:22 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger A Day That is Dessert said...

Molly, you and Brandon inspire me, the way you're bringing your dream to life. I love, love the table design. And what is it about a photo of a man with a power tool? :) (sorry couldn't resist)

I'm ready, able & willing to help if you need it!

9:39 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Brian G. said...

It was my father's dream to have a pizzeria. He had a vision in his head of us coming after school to the store, doing our homework in the back, helping out, and having this restaurant that was an extention of his home for the world to come to eat in.

Unfortunately it didn't work out and the store closed soon after it opened.

You guys seem to be doing everything right though and I bet it will be a great success. I will definitely be there when I am in town. I am impressed and my father would have been jealous.

9:44 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Cakespy said...

I love that you're breathing new life into pieces from other Seattle landmarks. So awesome! And how cool are Shauna and Dan well, for so many reasons--but of course for letting you store your booty in their garage! I can't say how excited I am to visit when you open! :-)

10:00 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger mattatouille said...

I can't wait to try the pizza. Great idea for the tables. I wonder when I'll be in Seattle again, but I think it's worth the trip.

10:06 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Alina said...

I need an Olaiya in my life. Seriously and desperately need one. She might just help me work past my daily chores and actually cross something off my to-do list...such as finally start my photography business. Your sweat and tears are inspiring.

10:13 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger UNIFORM Studio said...

I love hearing about your process.
so much love going into every detail.

10:18 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous jen said...

what hannah said! Isn't it true, that the most crazy or trying moments are the ones most looked back on and giggled about for years to come. it all sounds perfect. im so thrilled for you!

10:40 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

i can't wait for the opening!! it looks like you two are putting so much effort and thought into delancey, i know it will be evident to all of your customers.

10:51 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

I look forward to Tuesdays so much so I can read your newest posts (they may come up before Tuesday but that's when I read them). Thank you for the glimpses into this. My husband and I hope to open a restaurant some day and I love seeing the work you are doing and the progress you are making...

10:54 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Ryan said...

Can't wait for our next visit to Seattle to see family and friends...for sure your Delancey will be our first food stop! Love all the furniture and especially the concrete table tops- my husband is planning on doing them as countertops for me in our kitchen remodel- Where do we get the melamine molds? I suppose he would probably just have to make his own forms but any info would be great!

11:08 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Ellen said...

Not restaurant-related, but I just wanted to say, I LOVE the stewed prune recipe in your book. Think they'll turn into a new standby. Thank you!

11:11 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous LilSis said...

How exciting! Sounds like a dream coming true! Scary and exciting at the same time.

11:12 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger elizabeth said...

lists: annoyingly necessary
chairs: i covet all of them
sinks: isn't kind of amazing to just have plenty of sink space? it's always been a dream of mine.

can't wait to have a great reason to visit seattle.

11:32 AM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger cottonjens said...

very exciting days, enjoy! so nice that you saved a bit of Sunset Bowl. it was so sad that it closed as it was home away from home to many, that, and Denny's up the street. i pass by there daily and it's ruins now and such a waste. cross your fingers the 250+ apts will never break ground. imo seattle leadership failed Ballard but maybe I need to let it go.

12:05 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Mambinki said...

This is so exciting! I made your asparagus recipe last week and it was amazing.

I love seeing the progress of this huge project! Making lists helps put some edges around overwhelming tasks, you'll make more and more for sure!

As a Seattlite, I can hardly wait for it to open!

12:27 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Giovanna said...

What a pleasure to follow along as you two bring up Delancey. I can see it will be my favorite type of restaurant--the kind that exists because its owners didn't have a choice--it was what they were meant to do.

Too bad you had to push back opening--I'm up for baseball in mid-May. Guess I'll just have to come back in the late summer...

1:06 PM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Mark Scarbrough said...

I laughed out loud at the "wore the same shirt in both pictures." Boy, have I been there! And those tables. I think yours are even more textural than those in the Rose Bakery.

1:42 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Mama EZ said...

Woah, keep up the hard work! I, like Tanya, would love to offer up some help if needed, though not mine, my handy husband. ;) We're just up in Shoreline. :)

1:49 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger xoch said...

Wow, congrats! Hang in there, and enjoy the ride!

btw, I looved your line about the night breeding to do lists!

1:52 PM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous Luisa said...

Reading all of these Delancey posts, but particularly this one - when I think about your journey over the past four years - makes me so, so proud of you two. Really. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Love and hugs from NYC. xoxo

2:08 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Miss Wahoo said...

I have one suggestion (or maybe I'm begging a favor) for you. Thanks to Pagliacci Pizza, we LOVE Mama Lil's Peppers (particularly the "Sweet Hot Hungarian Goathorn Peppas in Sweet Brine"). I hope that you might have room on your menu for them, or something just like them (Zeeks offers a sweet hot pepper that taste like Mama Lil's, but I don't know who makes them).

I actually have a second menu request (a malty, lightly-hopped darker beer), but first things first! The Mama Lil's take precedence. I musn't get too greedy.

Thank you for the photos on Delancy's progress, and your narrative. I look forward to checking out the concrete tables in person!

4:43 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Miss Wahoo said...

I forgot to say that it's GREAT that you're giving new life to chairs from Sunset Bowl. I didn't bowl or smoke, so I rarely went there, but I was very sad to see them close.

The origin of the chairs might be something to mention on the back of your menus; it's always nice to have interesting things to read while waiting for the food to arrive. AND it's great to see neighborhood stuff reused or recycled. Good job.

5:02 PM, April 21, 2009  
OpenID ButtonsMagee said...

Molly, this is so exciting to see! What a wonderfully huge undertaking. it is going to be so great!

5:25 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Lisa (Homesick Texan) said...

Well, good. Now I'm glad that I waited this long to visit Seattle as now I have another fine place to add to my list of places to eat.

5:39 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger bugheart said...

it's so
amazing to
hear your
to see the
you made
and think
we so would
have done that
(sunset bowl-

it's a murky pool,
no doubt
and it take
a lot
o guts
to dive in
but once
you're in
past what seems
to be
so dark and
a little
then more...
then clarity.
that will be in
when you
stand back
and see
you have made
come all together.

my tiny,
small part,
i can't wait.

6:23 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

My only worry is with so much buzz it will be impossible to get a table at the famed Delancey when I visit Seattle!

6:54 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Katie in Berkeley said...

Your descriptions of crackdown mode resonate with me--I am finishing my Ph.D. dissertation in these next few months and it's so true about hardly being able to think about anything else. It's a huge, deep pool but I'm enjoying being immersed in it. It sounds like you are too. I'm sending happy thoughts your way.

7:28 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Kate said...

thank-you for your words and thoughts...takes me back to my days chefing and working in restaurants...I am now home with 2 little ones but miss those days.

7:39 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Kimberley said...

All those photos make the restaurant look so dreamy. And concrete tables and Thonet chairs make me swoon. I'm driving up to Washington in July and will also keep my fingers firmly crossed for a timely opening!

10:09 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger Sarah said...

Photos with such portent...we are all waiting and it will most certainly be worth it!

10:40 PM, April 21, 2009  
Blogger girlprinter said...

It's a really, really wonderful thing to dive deep into a collaborative project with one's life partner. It's what makes those bitten-off-more-than-I-can-chew moments joyful rather than despairing. You are both inspirations! Continued good luck!

1:26 AM, April 22, 2009  
Anonymous Alyxx said...

I am so excited I can almost taste the pizza....

Those tables are going to be GREAT! (I was going to say "will rock" but then I realized that instability in a table is a VERY BAD THING.)

6:21 AM, April 22, 2009  
Anonymous lisaiscooking said...

Good luck with the remaining work! It must be so rewarding to check things off the list.

I just finished your incredible, touching, lovely first book. I'd like to argue about white chocolate being categorized as an 80s ingredient but only because I love white chocolate and can't think of it grouped with shoulder pads. I'm looking forward to several recipes but first the sliced spring salad with avocado and feta. Can't wait to read your next book(s).

8:52 AM, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Ryan said...

I've been following the progress of Delancey over the past month or two on twitter and I have to say I'm very excited for the restaurant's opening! We're blessed to have some great pizzerias here and it's great that another one is entering the fold.

I know you're working on the interior of the space now. I'm an acoustical consultant, and I wanted to offer my help (completely complimentary of course). So many restaurants in Seattle are way too LOUD and we wouldn't want to add another one to the list. Please feel free to contact me via twitter (@bellrm00 or @BRC_Acoustics) if you have any acoustical questions or need any suggestions/advice to reduce the noise and reverberation in the space. I'd love to help any way I can.

Good luck with everything! I can't wait to have my first slice in a few months.

9:57 AM, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Lance said...

bravo. kudos.

can't wait to come and visit.

11:08 AM, April 22, 2009  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

I wasn't really planning to leave a comment, even though I've been thoroughly enjoying the Delancey posts and especially loved the peek at the mid-century decor today. But it looks like you could use a bit of unequivocal support from a Carolyn on this post. So, ahem. Hooray!

12:58 PM, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Jess said...

I am so excited for you! Everything's looking great.

1:23 PM, April 22, 2009  
Anonymous Hillary said...

No! I'm so sad! I'm going to be there at the end of May, not June! I know it's not your fault...I can't even imagine doing all the work you guys have been. I give you props. I guess I'll have to come back another time!

1:54 PM, April 22, 2009  
Anonymous {Megan} Feasting on Art said...

Wow it is really starting to come together. I can't wait to visit Seattle now!

2:01 PM, April 22, 2009  
Anonymous Dallas from Bitchin Lifestyle said...

I feel to privileged to see these behind-the-scenes photos. Excited beyond belief for this project

2:33 PM, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

Wow, what an amazing amount of work! Good for you. Can't wait to see the next update.

2:59 PM, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Siiri said...

Molly, this is so exciting...I've been watching (as in reading) for the past handful of months, and am now a total loyal fan. All the updates make me want to get somehow involved! :) I'm starting to miss all those years in the restaurant biz. Can't wait to come visit when you open, it's walking distance from me! YAY!

3:09 PM, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

This is going to be so amazing Molly - I am so excited for you guys, and can't wait to come up and check it out!!

3:45 PM, April 22, 2009  
Anonymous Roberta said...

This is so exciting! And I live so far away but if I'm ever in your neck of the woods, I know where I'll be eating pizza!

5:19 PM, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

I am so excited for you, lady!
Who knew Brandon was so handy? Hiding all those power tool leanings underneath is curly-haired musician exterior. ;)
The tables look great, as do the recycled (!) chairs.
So proud of you and happy for you and really glad that you are keeping that light at the end of the tunnel in sight.
These posts are making me want to come offer my waitressing services and move to Seattle!

2:23 AM, April 23, 2009  
Anonymous ilka said...

Too bad I live in Belgium (I can only help by sending chocolate as well...) - that pizzeria sounds great, as well as everything you're doing to make it work. Tables look fantastic, I'm curious to see the colour of the tiles, and the first picture of Brandon-made pizza!
I too came to your site for your wit and the recipes, but I don't give a toss about the fact there are less recipes, and I'm sure die-hard Orangette fans feel the same way. anyway. good luck. good nights. good toppings :-)

5:36 AM, April 23, 2009  
Blogger Mary said...

My comment basically is unrelated to your most recent post, but I wanted to write a note about how much I have enjoyed reading your book. I was a freshman on the Logos staff when you graced us with the wonderful prose-poem, "Kitchen" (which, incidentally, I was elated to see reprinted in A Homemade Life), so you might say I have been a fan of your work for a long time. I wish you and Brandon the best of luck with your new restaurant, and I can't wait for your next post (and whatever else you might have up your sleeve)!

1:17 PM, April 23, 2009  
Anonymous Rosie DeQuattro said...

love your photos. Looking forward to seeing some of the completed restaurant. Good luck!

6:57 PM, April 23, 2009  
Blogger oneordinaryday said...

Wanted to say I just got my hands on your book and I am so enjoying it. I just love your writing style. Like you're sitting at my kitchen table. Though I'd rather be sitting at yours with one of those recipes in front of me.
Waiting for fresh berries around here so I can try your mom's pound cake. Can't wait.

5:08 AM, April 24, 2009  
Anonymous Missy said...

My husband and I just opened a shop this week, and our life for the last two months has been pretty much exactly what you just described. It's nice to know I'm not alone!

12:59 PM, April 24, 2009  
Blogger rebecca said...

it's looking so great! i'm really excited for you both. and i can't wait to try it out!

3:34 PM, April 24, 2009  
Anonymous plumpdumpling said...

So I know this blog is totally famous and all, but I hadn't read it until just now. And I was so excited to see that your restaurant's called Delancey! Meaning that it's in New York! And even though it has a totally predictable name, I was pumped to go, because it seems like your heart's really in it.

But then I saw that it's named Delancey precisely because it's not in New York. So while I'm glad for you, I'm not glad for me anymore.

4:47 PM, April 24, 2009  
Blogger Lola Cupcake said...

Ooh I am just so excited. We need your brand spankin new restaurant in Ballard so badly! Can't wait!

5:29 PM, April 24, 2009  
Blogger Tippy Stockton said...

My dear friend Kimberly and I popped in on your darling hubby (please don't worry Molly - I'm happily married for 25+ years and I'm old enough to be his Mom) on Wednesday to bring him some treats and especially to get a sneak peak at Delancey. I am a New Yorker by birth and have been searching for a good pizza pie ever since my parents dragged us kicking and screaming from Long Island in 1969. I'm still waiting and hoping that you will fulfill my dreams of New York pizza close to home. Can't wait. . . Just started to read your sweet book - I had to put it down so I could get cooking. It has a motivating effect on me. Congratulations on your lovely book, Delancey and all the good things that are waiting for you!

12:11 AM, April 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, i wish you all the best in your restaurant endeavors. what i look forward to the most though is the cold harsh reality of how your beloved, wonderful, more-God-than-man Obama is going to bend you over and drive you to Cleveland is going to hit you like nothing before once you open your doors. the taxes on small businesses which he has so silently and sneakily put into place are going to make you sit up, FINALLY, and say : "I voted for this creep!"
Unfortunately, your late wake-up-call will be too late for the rest of us.

7:38 AM, April 25, 2009  
Blogger LunaCafe said...

Sending you good thoughts on the eve of your restaurant opening. You are both brave and wonderful to jump in and go for it. We'll be there as soon as you gert the doors open. Please say you will put a fab Mac & Cheese on the menu. P.S. I am loving your book! :-) ...Susan

8:44 AM, April 25, 2009  
Blogger Clarity said...

Cup of tea, sigh, breathe, sip. I hope that you can find a moment to relax and that within the hectic space you find green tea and 5 minutes. I like the blog and the informative post despite the chaos. I admire your efforts and wish you well. Keep your sense of humour, I find it helps along the rollercoaster.

10:28 AM, April 25, 2009  
Anonymous So I Married a Vegetarian said...

Just wanted to say that I love the photography on your blog!

1:05 PM, April 25, 2009  
Blogger Lael said...

Thanks for another inside look at Delancey. Your documentation of its transformation is wonderful to see. I'll be stopping through for some of that pizza in August!

I wanted to mention, too, that I just blogged and it turned into a blurb on your book and a mention of your custard-filled cornbread. I didn't intend for that to happen, but it makes sense with how much I've been enjoying reading the book lately! Just thought you should know. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart and talented voice.

8:24 PM, April 25, 2009  
Blogger Pattern and Perspective said...

I remember reading your blog long ago, but then life got in the way and I quit reading things for a while. However, I was poking around Amazon, found your book, decided I could give it to my mother for Mother's Day (although I hope she won't cry too much).

My grandfather, my mother's father (a wonderful doctor) died about 1.5years ago. I know her father's memory (and her mother too) still ways heavy on her heart.

I clearly remember hearing the pain and fear in her voice when, after a week of sitting by his hospital bedside, she called and said he was gone. It was more like talking through a stream of tears and sorrow.

She loves to cook healthy and makes fabulous tasting things that won't kill you. I try to be more like her (and my father - the cleaner) everyday.

12:52 PM, April 26, 2009  
Blogger Kirsten said...

I cannot wait for Delancy to open. I'll be there tasting everything!

1:53 PM, April 26, 2009  
Blogger anna j said...

I have just found your blog via a link from a friend's blog, and want to thank you for inspiring me: for some reason, just reading about you and seeing your lovely photographs has reawakened in me a desire to cultivate my artistic and photographic projects . . . and I do love to cook as well, so am grateful for the reminder of its value as a culinary art: Well, maybe I should clarify that I sometimes love to cook . . . I more consistently love to eat food, when it is good, quality food :-)

5:14 PM, April 26, 2009  
Blogger UmberDove said...





I'm oh-so-looking forward to your big opening - I've got a crew I'm dragging over from all corners of the city and we will eat your pizza and drink to your success! Keep the faith miss, you are truly in the homestretch!

5:18 PM, April 26, 2009  
Anonymous Jacqueline said...

Hi Molly!

So exciting to see how Delancey is progressing and evolving and becoming, right before our eyes! I am pretty well BEYOND excited to come visit when you are open for business! Thanks for keeping us all updated... we love to hear from you!!

P.S: Made the Jimmy's Pink Cookies from your cook book last weekend and
O H M Y S W E E T G O O D N E S S ! they were divine!! completely decadent to say the least! I honestly cannot wait to try every recipe!

Anyway, all the best with everything! We are all rooting for you!

11:08 PM, April 26, 2009  
Blogger Kristina said...

i think i have a faint idea of what this endeavour must be like - i remember there was a point when i could actually taste the building dust in my mouth most of the time when i refurbished my flat ... good luck with everything! it will be so worth it, the pictures look gorgeous already!

found this recipe for piedmontese bruschetta just yesterday - who knows mayby you'll be able to make these for some extra planning-building-painting energy? http://minimalchronicles.blogspot.com/2009/04/once-upon-time-soma-daj.html

1:45 AM, April 27, 2009  
Anonymous Linnea said...

Hey Misswahoo! If you're looking for lil' Mama's peppers on a slice between now and June, check out Veraci on Market, across the street from Le Gourmand. Yesterday I had a nice slice of Veraci loaded with lil' Mama's. They make a pretty decent slice... the sauce leaves much to desire, but it'll do in a pinch and beats Pagliacci any day.

10:05 AM, April 27, 2009  
Blogger denise said...

nice call on the Heath seconds. a lot going on--don't forget to breathe. that is a joke. isn't it crazy when people tell you to breathe? i think so. if at some point i forgot to breathe, i'm sure i'd remember to breathe rather quickly. enough on that. enjoy the process!

1:51 PM, April 27, 2009  
Blogger Codger said...

When I heard "delancey" I thought - this has gotta be in new york! Bummer (for me).

2:08 PM, April 27, 2009  
Blogger Carol Peterman said...

I am glad to know a little piece of Sunset Bowl will live on at Delancy!

I know that scarry feeling of jumping in the deep dark water! Just keep crossing things off the to-do list and moving toward the goal.

7:48 PM, April 27, 2009  
Anonymous Hugging the Coast said...

Wow! How exciting! What an adventure!

7:51 PM, April 27, 2009  
Anonymous wide open spaces said...

Molly - it is going to be fantastic. love the danish chairs from craigslist. love the barstool splurge. cannot wait to get out to Seattle just to taste what I love to read about. Girl, you are living the dream. Thanks for urging the rest of us forth.

4:42 AM, May 02, 2009  
Anonymous Mary Casper said...

great documents, those photos. And the chairs are perfect, of course.

You guys doing this makes big projects seem more possible. Thanks so much for the inspiration! And be brave! It'll all be worth it so so soon.


5:37 PM, May 03, 2009  
Anonymous Rena said...

love the glimpse into your restaurant journey. Such great design choices.

Since you mentioned it on your to do list, could I humbly suggest a soda for your menu. Blenheim ginger ale is so hard to find and so amazing. I would become a regular just for access to that stuff.

Good luck with the crackdown! I'll look forward to your opening.

I loved the book and have already made your Tomato/Fennel soup twice. Yum.

1:40 AM, May 05, 2009  
Blogger Pink of Perfection said...

absolutely love those danish chairs and am so so excited for you two!

9:41 AM, May 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a salad station next to the oven? won't that make salad ingredients hot?

2:22 AM, May 10, 2009  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow, I cannot wait to visit.

3:46 AM, May 11, 2009  

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