The Baowry Blog

You may know us as that cute little food cart in front of that scary looking crackhouse on Ivanhoe and Charleston that serves really tasty food. Last week we got some awesome news. We've been given the opportunity to transform that scary crackhouse into our restaurant. While we'll still be using the cart as our kitchen our plan is to use the house as an indoor seating area, expand our menu and serve beer, wine and fun champagne cocktails. In this blog we'll chronicling the construction and progress by posting photos, stories and video about the construction.

Feb 23

Garden

The garden is looking great, pictures to come.  Because of the usual delays we are not able to open until april.  It is going to be absolutely beautiful when we are finished.  Plus we may even have a garden party in march weather permitting.


Jun 24

New Menu Items

We’ve been thinking a lot about the menu changes we’ll be making when we have the indoor seating area and bar.  Recently we purchased an induction burner which allows us to do a lot more saute work really fast.  Some of the new dishes we’ve been trying out have gotten a great reception at the cart.  We’ll also be bringing back our Confit Chicken Wings in a honey lemongrass glaze.  Here’s some of our new menu items we’ve been working on:

Togarashi Beef Tenderloin Skewers with Miso Butter Asparagus

Chili Garlic Prawns on a Bed of Pan Fried Noodles

Spicy Pork and Hominy Korean Style Stew

Pan Fried Noodles with Miso Butter and Asparagus

Seasonal vegetables sauteed with miso butter and tarragon

and we’re also going to be doing some bar snacks like kimchi quesadillas & a variety of homemade pickle plates.  Come by the cart in the coming weeks to try out these specials


We repainted the kitchen and tiled it, put in our nice 3 compartment sink and cleaned some weird blood off the wall.  Found some really creepy drawings and none of us could be sure if they were drawn by a child or an adult.  Pictures of those coming soon!


Jun 7

The renovations are going great.  The plumbing is almost finished and the customer bathroom is now ADA accessible.  Tonight we tiled the kitchen with some really nice gray slate tile.


Jun 4

Ross Vs. the Giant Garbage Pile!  It felt so great to get all that stuff out of the house.  Way less creepy in there!


This weekend we tackled the basement, dismantling some shelving, scraping all the laminate off the floor and cleaning up the solid mold and bones.  Haven’t cleared all the four loko cans out of the fireplace yet but there’s only so much grossness you can deal with in one day.  Another great discovery was a clumsily erotic zine written by the previous tenant.  The style was a little bit like Johnathan Safran Foer meets somebody with no talent.  Now that it’s totally cleaned out we’ll be putting in some trusty ikea flooring to brighten up the place


In the garage behind the cart we found what might be described as a homeless person’s loft/studio apartment. They had wedged some plywood in the rafter to make a flat space and had a complete double burner kitchen set up.  It looked like someone had been living up there for awhile.  They even had a copy of diana kennedy’s authentic mexican cooking!  We only discovered it when we went to clear all the boards out of the rafters and when we pulled the first one down a cascade of pillows, bottles sheets and an inflatable armrest fell upon us. 

In the garage behind the cart we found what might be described as a homeless person’s loft/studio apartment. They had wedged some plywood in the rafter to make a flat space and had a complete double burner kitchen set up.  It looked like someone had been living up there for awhile.  They even had a copy of diana kennedy’s authentic mexican cooking!  We only discovered it when we went to clear all the boards out of the rafters and when we pulled the first one down a cascade of pillows, bottles sheets and an inflatable armrest fell upon us. 


May 31

The Worst Discoveries Ever

We couldn’t pick just one so we thought we’d compile a list:

  • The pile of human fecal matter next to the toilet
  • The pile of disturbingly large bones in the basement
  • The disturbingly tame baby possum eating it’s way through a bag of fetid garbage
  • The embarrassing thought journal left by the previous tenant

May 28

Some before pictures of the house.  Today we did some demolition in the front room.  Knocked down the Jackson Pollock wall and completely stripped the kitchen of its cabinets and various rotting foods! There is still a ton of cosmetic work to be done but we’re making headway and hope to be open by August 15th


May 27
Before picture of the front room

Before picture of the front room


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