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    This is our second location. Our original store has been open for 5 years.

    I have already been Looking for ice bags. We are going to have crushed ice as well for bar, regular ice and by dessert/prep area in back we have a smaller ice machine that makes custom block ice cubes for rocks drinks. So yea you guys are right on that one.

    And yea I actually have been stock piling spanalis in the freezer at the other location I will probably bring over here and use.

    That is a steam kettle on back line between small range and ice machine.

    As for the dessert sauces, yes it would make more sense to make them. We do house made donuts we are famous for, that get those sauces. Our original location is very small in comparison and space is tight, and we do lunch and dinner there, making prep a tight thing there. I helped open this concept and took a break for two years. I came back about 5 months ago to help restructure original and get ready for this one. It is very possible now that we have the space and ability to consistently produce more that we do some things in house I would rather do in house, not that the is a whole lot we don't do.

    With all that freezer space I see some house made icecream or gelato in the freezer, although a friend of mine does some pretty sick gelato not too far from me, probably far better than I could make.

    Thanks for the kind words guys. Anyone in the area is more than welcome to get a sleek peak and check things out before we open some time next week.

    Kind regards

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    Probably be a couple years before I can make it to your place, but I'd be interested in a menu when you are able. I'm truly excited for you in this venture, and if I were close, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

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    Next time I'm in Tampa I will come check you out. Looks awesome and best of luck.

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    Menu is pretty straight forward American Contemporary. Top quality steaks, fish and food Americans love taken up a notch. They have one online, though it's a bit out of date. It was last updated before I came back .... I have got some of my changes on there. Grilleonesixteen.com At the new store I'll do some nicer specials as the clientele is there and the kitchen staff is further advanced to consistently pull things off. The staff at the original I am extremely proud of on their progress and the new Chef is great. As for my store, I feel extremely excited about the people we have. Good food is only made better by good people. Environment is EVERYTHING. If people don't feel good around you, they won't around your food. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, I'll post pictures up there when we get rolling.

    Kindest regards to all

    PS... Ramsey won't ever need to pay the kitchen a visit as long as I'm there. I'll take pics a year from now. Here are some of the other kitchen after 3 years right before I left for a couple years before coming back so those who haven't seen it have an idea (prep,Lunch,dinner) ... and now it's even tighter do to menu changes and different equipment ... owner is working on that with me as well, we've made great changes to that one since I've returned. I have fantastic owners and management.

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    Via crappy camera phone before I got this nice new DSLR I took the new restaurant pics with
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    Nice,and seeing those pics makes sense of why you bought the sauces.

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    Yea small space. Only stove on line, open for lunch at 11am so prep window is limited as line is out of use during lunch, goes straight to dinner. I'd rather sacrifice dessert sauce than other things done in house. If all goes as I envision we'll do so well in South Tampa we can nix lunch down there all together and we can use the kitchen to produce even nicer items for BOTH kitchens.

    Thanks for looking

    I'll try and get some more pics and shots of food up. Outside is 100% done now believe.

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    Sure doesn't look like the kitchens I used to see when I was out on the road sharpening. You're missing a lot slime and bits all over the place.


    Hey good luck to you with the new place Bryan!

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    Absolutely Dave. I know what will compliment the new kitchen just perfect

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    Looks like a very nice place Bryan. Dig the kitchen (less the microwaves) and the dining room design is very nice. The tables do look a bit close but it may just be the camera angle. Booth height should help keep the noise down but they won't be fun to clean. I'd probably find a different place for the Immersion blender before some one has the chance to drop it.
    Best of Luck with the new place!

    Dave

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