We're into week 6 of fit out and Brew Lab is really starting to take shape and look a bit more like a coffee shop. The bar carcass is on site and the guys have been busy prepping it for the concrete delivery today from Gray Concrete who are based down in Granton, Edinburgh. The concrete will form the bar top with concrete cladding on the front making it look like one monolithic solid block. The shop front painting is under way, changing it from the rather unsettling green it was before to a lovely rich dark grey. Three old communist GDR ship lights have gone on the outside of the shop, which look awesome!
Inside, the ceilings are finished and painted and look really great. They've helped to reign in the chaos of the wall finishes and make the coffee shop look much more cosy. The floor ply is down and ready for the reclaimed boards to be laid this week. The boards are from Hargreaves Reclaimed Flooring in Stirling and were lifted out of an old School Gym in London. The wood is Keruing which is quite dark but will be very hard wearing. The plywood wall has gone up in the rear of no.7 to hold up the slightly dodgy bowed brick wall. We've left a big hole in it so you can see the stone behind!
The radiators have arrived from Holyrood Architectural Salvage. The radiators are all reclaimed from an old Edinburgh property and have been sand blasted, re-conditioned with new valves and re-painted. Along with the radiators, our Royal Mile street bin is here too. It's ridiculously heavy, but is going to from part of a bin-cum-water station.
In other news,
- We have all our staff sorted, they had a trip down to visit Has Bean last week to play with the Slayer and meet Steve, Dale and the rest of the team. We'll introduce you to the Brew Lab team soon!
- Tom and I are off down to Colwyn Bay to pick up all our furniture from Drew Pritchard Antiques tomorrow.
- We'll be popping into Has Bean to try the final sample of our espresso blend.
- We've had a mountain of coffee brewing equipment and Vegware takeaway packaging arrive.