I probably should have posted this a few days ago, but Menino stopped by the site of our future brick-and-mortar store on Saturday. I was given less than 24 hours notice. It was a very funny experience.
I got a call from the Office of Business Development on Friday, saying Menino was definitely coming to Allston Village on Saturday, and I should fix up the storefront (it had a terribly ugly metal grate with graffiti on it). So Justin and I spent Friday night doing just that. We borrowed some butcher paper from Ula Cafe, grabbed some window paint markers, drew out some stencils, and planned to bang out the whole storefront in an hour.
It didn’t happen like that though. The grate was padlocked shut. No one had the key. We got a bolt cutter. Not strong enough. We asked BFD (our neighbors) for help and they said they can’t help unless it’s an emergency. I thought having an ugly storefront a few hours before the mayor is supposed to come by is an emergency, but whatever. We rented a bigger bolt cutter, which still wasn’t strong enough. Luckily, we were able to cut around the damn lock and get it open. We taped up paper, traced over some stencils, and finished five hours later.
Saturday morning comes, I show up at 11. Not only is the mayor coming, but he wants to do a ribbon cutting! We still have 7-8 weeks before we open, but when Menino wants to cut a ribbon, you do it, right? So we did. When the photographer said the obligatory, and ironically corny “Say Cheese!”, Menino leaned over to me and muttered under his breath, “Pizza”. I loved this. The whole ordeal was worth it just to hear him say that.