Bar None

As it happens, opening a boutique nightspot is not as straightforward as you might think. Well, maybe you wouldn’t think it would be that straightforward, but I did – probably because the project has been fully funded by a ridiculous inheritance from my late grandfather. I need to do this right, or else I’ll have blown this small fortune on what is, at the end of the day, a fairly frivolous enterprise.

I’ve been working to model the joint after my grandfather’s personal taste – plenty of dark wood, low light, rare jazz cuts played just loud enough to veil the conversation at the next table, plus  a fully-equipped kitchen serving small dishes of fine fare and a well-stocked whiskey library. The aesthetic elements have come together beautifully, which is great, but the functional elements are in need of some attention.

I’ve been particularly stressing over who to go with for a custom kitchen installation. Melbourne venue owners, what say you? The space is on the small side, and needs to house a number of kitchen appliances specific to my grandfather’s favoured ‘barbeques of the world’ style of fare. I’ve sourced some of these imported appliances directly from his personal collection, so that’s not a problem, but they need to be installed in the kitchen in a user-friendly way that will also pass muster with the authorities.

How do I go about this? I’m guessing that hiring a professional kitchen designer will be the way to go. I’ve cobbled together the bar and public areas from my own knowledge, but designing and installing a kitchen is beyond my area of expertise. For that matter, the toilet facilities still need to be sorted out, and I’m pretty low on bathroom design ideas, so I might need to hire a professional for that as well.

See what I mean about the money? There’s always a new thing popping up and demanding to have a wad of cash dropped on it. But if there’s one thing I learned from grandfather, it’s that if it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing well.