I had an email from an old work colleague from half way around the world today. I was sharing my frustrations in the delay of us taking over the property because I have always been someone that has been in control. "Control Freak"... I hear you scream, not so much as someone that likes to have an over all handle on things. Through the back and forth emails she said "I’m so excited for you. You are actually building a business with your own hands- I really want to see it someday" (she lives in Canada). Then it hit me... We (Peter and James) are actually building something. Something that represents everything we want in a cafe, in service, ,in presentation, in the product, food and brand - From the ground up. How very cool is that?
For us this is huge. It's not just taking over someone's business it is building something from the ground up, it is building a company and delivering a vision we have wanted to create for so long now. Pete took over Arcadia and turned it around into what people enjoy today. Mister Close is different - we have to hit the ground running and just hope that everyone will love what we do. It hasn't been easy, in fact far from it. The amount of times you can doubt yourself is ridiculous. Where is Oprah when you need her?
I am proud of what we are about to build on Tuesday and I know Pete is too. Kind of weird to put everything you have into something like this and have so much faith in each other. Simply the most exciting thing in the world - best part is the last 3 weeks have perhaps been the hardest for us because of the delays. Losing our momentum, going a little stir crazy because we have to put things on hold until we know our open date, but the silver lining is obvious - it will just make our opening so much sweeter. It has made us want this so much more. We can't wait to properly meet Mister Close because up until now he has just been a figment of our imagination. Up until now he has been 1,001 parts in our heads, on spread sheets, on architectural plans, in permits, colour swatches, website designs and cookbooks.
We thank everyone for their continued support of us (especially Fi and Ian) and what we are building. I can't tell you how much we appreciate the love and encouragement from our friends and family. It has been a huge challenge and we just can't wait for you to meet Mister Close (after Easter). YAY!