Many of you have asked about our plans to reopen. December and January were busy months, and we expect to have even more going on in February.
We spent many, many days designing the new kitchen, dining area and bar. Several of our experienced friends in the restaurant business and in the building trades have commented on our plans and we have built in their comments. We were familiar faces at Liberty Graphics and at Staples as we visited to purchase large prints of our draft designs.
Our menu is fully composed, and our business plan is about eighty percent complete.
In January, we toured through downstate, New York City and New Haven CT, studying the best-regarded restaurants and bars along a thousand-mile excursion. We saw the best-of-the best at work, and we are now more confident than ever in the menu we have created.
During our trip, we discovered that the Chase Mission Main Street 2013 Grants went to other businesses. In October and November, 624 of you had voted for us — very few businesses in the country received so much support so quickly. We remain grateful for your support and good will. In the end, Chase Bank awarded nothing within 200 miles of Glens Falls. It was disappointing news, but we remain confident that our grass-roots fund-raising plan will enable our return.
Our plan is for UnCorked Glens Falls to reopen in our original storefront at the Wood Theater. The UnCorked wine and liquor store will occupy about 25% of its original space and the other 75% will be home to our new restaurant and bar. We have settled on a name and concept (but we will keep you guessing for a little while longer). Our menu and decor will be different from all of our neighbors, but they will provide a familiar and welcome sense of place.
We look forward to resuming business on Glen Street and we will have much more to share with you soon.
Margot and Rich