We had a marvelous Mardi Gras (check out the vlog above to see our wild march).
As my New Orleanian readers will know, usually not much work get's done the week of Mardi Gras. I can't claim we were all that productive, but we did have a lot of hard work pay off this week in a major way...drumroll...
The gods of bureaucracy have smiled: Indywood now has a Liquor License!!!
Strangely, we don't have a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) yet, so we can't actually open up shop. But when we finally do get that CO, we'll be able to sell booze on our opening day! This is quite rare: Most business have to wait months or even years to get the okay to sell alcohol. Thus, we are mightily thankful for our bureaucratic good luck (still crossing our fingers for occupancy).
I must admit, I'm not too excited to run a bar, but I know that those alcohol sales will reeeeeaaaaaally help our cinema be financially sustainable. Hurrah! I shout the Indywood motto with joy: LONG LIVE CINEMA!
We got the WiFi turned on, so we can finally use Indywood as an office. After months of working from home and coffee shops, it feels real good to have a place to go to work once again. It's all beginning to feel a lot more real...
We're upgrading our projection. I've been testing out a new projector in comparison to our old one. Looks pretty good! It's 60% brighter with double the contrast.
What's left to do...
We're waiting for our architect to finish and sign the plans for our building. Once we get his plans submitted it shouldn't be too much longer before we get a building permit.
Then we have to build a wall and a door.
Then we need a visit from the fire marshal and the health department. If we pass those inspections, we get our CO and we're all set to open up!
At this point, our fate is up to the whims of City Hall. Once we get the building permit, the ball is back in our court. We will then announce a tentative opening date. We're aiming for mid March.
I love Mardi Gras, but it feels so good to be back in action :)