Monday, March 18, 2013

Update 3/18/13



Hello everyone!

This is a much needed update that many people have been asking for. We have been working very hard and as fast as possible because everyone is anxious to come and enjoy Pathos, including us!

In recent posts, you have seen pictures of the new utilities going in to this bare building. Everything had to be brand new and done correctly including the sewers, gas main, water main, structural steel beams, roof, etc. This was no easy task but we demanded that things were done right and so it has! With the efforts of our creative contractor, city workers, and family members, we feel that our product will be beyond our expectations. 

I have spent the last few months meeting and greeting city counsel members, chamber of commerce members, neighboring business owners and local citizens to unite Pathos into its new home of Berkeley. The response I have received has been overwhelming and extremely heartfelt with the generosity that has been shown. If I know anything, it's that networking and putting in face time is a very important part of a successful business. It has turned out that this part of the job has been the most rewarding so far. The people that I have met are fantastic and I become more and more excited to be a part of such a close knit city.


We are down to the nitty gritty! Making all the final decisions of aesthetics is both exciting and stressful. Everything from lighting all the way down to the floors. You can imagine how much time and effort goes into this process. The most important thing is that we are enjoying this time because it is paving the way to my future and that excites me. We will be launching our official website this week which will really give you an idea of what our concept is about. We have completed all plumbing and electrical throughout the building and will be putting up sheetrock next week! Communications are all being installed next; phone lines, POS, internet, TV, etc. We have our kitchen exhaust hoods going in now that the equipment is ready to be installed. This is a very busy time as we get closer and closer to our late spring opening.

Looking back from my first picture posts to now really shows just how much work we have had done to this building. Many people do not realize how much goes into a brand new build out especially for a restaurant. We made the decision to start from scratch so that we have it the way we want it rather than going into an existing restaurant and being stuck with something that we had to put up with. There are many benefits of doing everything from scratch being that I know this building inside and out, every pipe and fitting, every circuit and breaker. There are no surprises. It takes a little longer with more effort but the final product is something that we can be proud of and achieved on our own.

Here are a more pictures:

Fire line for sprinkler system being installed. This was a big project that took a while. Coordinating with the fire department, the city, and subcontractor on getting the job done. 

4 foot trench needed to access water line for fire system.

This is the fire riser coming into the building. 
Completed fire riser. This is where the fire department would hook up their hoses to distinguish a fire. 
All the way up to the sprinklers. 
These little guys are everywhere! Better to be safe than sorry!  Berkeley doesn't mess around when it comes to fire safety. 
Upstairs office space and storage room. 

These are the stairs going up to the office and storage room. 
office and storage doorways. 
We had the roof rafters sandblasted. They look brand new and couldn't be happier with how they came out! 

Electrical panel
Kitchen wall plumbing and electrical.  



Passed plumbing inspection finally. We couldn't wait to close up the floor! 


Right after we poured concrete trenches. 

From the front entrence looking into the bar (right) and kitchen (back left)
Final kitchen framing being completed. 

Kitchen ready for sheetrock and equipment.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Update 12/11/12

Hello all,

       I am pleased to report that this Holiday season has brought us good luck so far, even with the threatening rain. The toughest part of this new build out has been the structural retrofit of the building. As I have said before, the permit process was extensive and held us up for a few months. We were hoping to have the structural retrofit completed by the end of the year and we are actually ahead of schedule as this portion will be completed this week (thank God). This has been an exciting month so far for us because we have been eagerly waiting for this part to be completed so that we can get to the fun stuff. Some pretty heavy machinery has been moved in and put to work as well as many new faces on the job site. We have been blessed to have such smart and dedicated contractors and workers who have been very knowledgeable which has made us sleep a little easier at night.
      Besides the construction, a lot has been done with many things still in the works. We are building our website which should be operational within the next few weeks. I have chosen our POS (point of sales) system and is currently being formatted for Pathos complete with iPads! State of the art security surveillance cameras, great sounding speaker system, two 48" bar mounted flat screen tv's will all be installed very soon. I am most excited for my shinny new kitchen which is promised to be the best in the industry. I have to say, I am overwhelmed at the response we keep getting from the press and people everywhere. Just google "Pathos Berkeley" and see for yourself!
     Here are some more recent photos of the structural retrofit:

Huge footings for the steel beam brackets... (good thing I know a good concrete guy!)

Pouring the concrete...



Closing down Shattuck Ave. was pretty fun! PG&E getting ready to tear up the street...

Opening trenches for water and gas mains...




These beams weigh 1,600 lbs each. Basically, we put these in for two reasons, for structural support of the walls and roof in case of an earthquake, and, to allow us to remove the posts that were right in the middle of the restaurant...

Beams prepped and ready to be installed...

Structural steel welding...

Green posts ready to be taken out...


The green posts were taken down giving us even more room... (man look at those steel beams!)


More vertical beams...

Carefully placing the massive steel beam and anchoring it to the wall...

 Great carpentry work installed above the beams... 

New plywood being laid... 


Brand new roof being installed with cut outs for the hood ventilation...

Finished roof... :)


   Now that the majority of the important and very difficult utilities and building upgrades have been complete, we are full steam ahead with nothing else in our way. This will be a very special Christmas and New Year for us this year because it marks the beginning of our new endeavor. As always, a huge thank you to everyone who has followed our project and shown interest and offered support and help! We appreciate the opportunity that we have been given to show the Bay Area what "Pathos" is really all about. Next stop, walls, lights, plumbing, and gas galore! 

Thank you for reading!




Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Update 10/31/12

Hello Everybody, 

I haven't posted an update in a while because we have been extremely busy! Tensions rise and reality keeps setting in as every day gets closer and closer to our opening. Many people have been patiently waiting and anticipated an opening by now, but as any restaurant owner knows, things just don't go as planned. Although we have been making progress, some extremely difficult decisions have been made as to how we are to precede through the construction phase and when we will release an opening date. I thought that by now I would have an answer for you, but, all great things take time. 

We had a discrepancy with our Engineers and the City Planners of Berkeley as to how the massive steel beams that will retrofit and support our roof will be placed. This process, unfortunately, took about 50+ days to figure out because of the wonderful city of Berkeley's bureaucratic system and all of its glory. These people at the city do not understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. I have fought and plead with all of my heart to these ruthless bloodsuckers to let us go about our business as honest citizens just trying to make a living but the only thing these people see is "green" and im not talking about the environment! For such an "eco-friendly" city and public rights activist movements constantly dictating how the city "operates",  they sure do have some astonishing loop holes lurking in the cracks. It is a city non the less, just like every city; its an entity. It's main goal is to make money by any means necessary and I'll be the first to tell you, they aren't starving. Just me bickering. 

The Organic Certification process that I have been extensively working on includes more work than planning the restaurant itself. All of the rules and regulations that I have to follow, just to keep an honest reputation, is beyond words. It amazes me how much harder people make it so that I can honor the fact that what I market and sell truly is organic. It seems like the more good you try to do, the harder it is. This is a reversed mentality that people have taken advantage of to make more money. Instead of giving breaks and discounts for being an honest business man who pays his dues and takes care of the community, the people in power see it as an opportunity to "nickel and dime" you because of your success. Twisted! 

On a brighter note, I have had numerous curious (future) customers calling in to make reservations! Yes, you read that right. I had to set up the phone number for the restaurant for marketing purposes but do not yet have a land line in the restaurant so I have all calls forwarded to my cell phone. Somehow, people are doing a little research and probably finding this number on one of the many press releases that are surfacing on the web. These callers are happy and excited to have Pathos in their neighborhood but sad that I could not give them a reservation for this Saturday night at 7pm. 

We are currently trying our hardest to finish the new roof before the heavy rains start! We are close, all of the cut outs and curbs for the hood vents have been cut out of the raw roof and are looking good. We can not finish the roof until the steel beams that I mentioned earlier are put in. Hopefully with a little luck and dry weather, we can get this done very soon. After the beams are in, the roof can finish, HVAC (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) can be installed, floor utility trenches can be finished, walls be put up, kitchen and bar is installed, tiles and floor put in, kitchen and bar installed, fixtures and furniture put in place and Pathos can live! Wow, that sounded a lot easier said than done but hey, that's my problem! 

Everyday seems like a little war that I am fighting but with the determination and support from family and friends, I know we will come out victorious. I truly am blessed!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pathos Pictures

I thought it would be a fun idea if I keep everyone up to date on whats happening with Pathos. A few people have urged me to start a blog so here it is! Enjoy!

Here are some pictures of the building when we first signed the lease, I have a ton of pictures but I think these will give you a good idea of where we are at right now...

This is the existing store front. It used to be Berkeley Mart which was one of Berkeleys favorites! We will be removing that massive yellow sign this week so that Pathos can be born.


Here we have the store front showing the window space and front door entrance. Pathos will feature huge sliding storefront windows!

Another shot of the storefront with existing temporary plywood wall...


This shot is from the middle of the building facing the back left corner...


Here is our temporary command center...


People just love to advertise on our construction facade wall...


Blessed with these amazing solid concrete walls that span 18' high!


New sewer lateral going in. This allowed us to properly tie on to the sewer line in the street, not cheap!


Shot from the rear looking forward...


Mapping out the walls! We were really able to get a feel for the place..


Demolition starts and existing temporary wall came down...



More demolition and digging the footings for our seismic steel beams...


Old roof tear off to make way for our nice new shinny roof...


These green posts will be removed this week because we retrofit the roof... They take up too much space anyway...

Having no roof right now makes a pretty cool lighting display...


Massive footings for our steel momo-frames...


Can't wait for my new roof..


Pathos on paper...


Finally this thing came!!

This is a very exciting time for me because all of our hard work and dedication from planning and applications are finally over and the building begins! I hope you enjoy these pictures and I will continue to post new pics as we progress.