Construction Madness: The End Is Near!
We’re well into November, which means we’ve hit one year of solid construction. We’re the first to say that it wasn’t without any hiccups, but the first stage of completion is creeping closer and closer. Next week (hopefully) marks a milestone for restaurant KALOS in terms of its development as we await approvals on our occupancy permit, as well as health department approval to officially open the kitchen. Fingers crossed!
Here are a few things to note with regard to what this means in practice, as well as where things are at construction-wise:
Opening Our Doors
Pending approvals, we’ll officially open our restaurant and main venue at the end of November. At that time, KALOS will open at limited capacity and on a reservation-only basis. We request that guests make reservations through our website (our future reservation widget will be up and running closer to the end of November). To start, KALOS will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 4PM until 9PM. More information will follow soon. Please stay tuned!
Our first two official events at KALOS will be our Christmas Market (December 5, 2021) and our New Years Eve celebration, Champagne & Pearls (December 31, 2021). So, if you want to be a part of these first public gatherings and experience KALOS and our brand-new venue, be sure to get your tickets now! Please click here to purchase your Christmas Market tickets, and click here for Champagne & Pearls tickets.
In the meantime, the entire team is working overtime to push the project along! Right now, 80% of the tiling on the main floor is done, and we expect tiling (on both the main floor and downstairs) to be completed by the end of November with some extra hours and elbow grease. The same is true for our elevator– with its delivery delayed due to material shortages – ultimately limiting us to upstairs occupancy only for now.
Let’s move onto the happier news! The washrooms are complete, and with all kitchen equipment, silverware and plates delivered last week, the kitchen is fully operational (pending health department approvals). Despite the fact that our purchased ice-cream machine is currently MIA (please do let us know if you know its whereabouts), the open kitchen with bar seating offers a level of entertainment on its own. It provides an opportunity for guests to follow the steps taken to turn fresh, high-quality ingredients into each mouth-watering meal. Once KALOS is open, customers can follow along with chef Eric and his team as they fire up the grill, plate dishes and more! In line with this, the separate bar is essentially complete as well (apart from some tiling). The bar’s feature wall is done and a nice touch is the addition of lights which can change colours as we see fit!
Speaking of feature walls, in order to split the venue space and separate the open kitchen and bar area from a quieter dining or event space (including gorgeous view), a sliding wall has been installed around the double-sided fireplace. When closed, each individual space will have its own purpose, including cozy atmosphere.
Now, let’s skip to the outside portion of venue, because what would a venue be without its façade? From a design standpoint, the exterior face of the building has been an important talking point as it has set the tone for the rest of the building. The exterior is bound to grab one’s attention, as the stark contrast between the wood ceiling and dark-coloured stone can be seen from the road. As if the golf course didn’t provide a gorgeous enough backdrop for wedding pictures, now the venue does too. Even so, we’re still working on some final touches such as the installation of outdoor lighting fixtures, and the golf course’s garbage bins will likely be recycled and turned into flower pots and used on the patio to create more intimate seating areas. Also, for those who have asked and are wondering what those mysterious stairs outside lead to… it’s the best roof-top view in Oxford County! For safety reasons, the staircase will not be accessible to the public, so instead you’ll have to enjoy the view from the lower level and the pictures below!
In close proximity of the staircase, the first stage of the sewage tile bed has been installed. We’re currently waiting on approval from the ministry of environment to move onto the next stage, which is expected late winter or early spring. This will allow us to bring the future routing of green #9 into play.
Finally, the rest of the paving is scheduled for the last week of November. For the golfers among us it’s worth mentioning that we’re also working on cart paths and we’re hoping to get them paved yet this year! Additionally, owner Steve and general manager Mike are working on a potential warming up area for golfers. Please stay tuned as we iron out the details!
All of us at The Oxford Hills can’t wait until we open our doors and are able to showcase our interior, as well as the spectacular view from our brand-new venue!
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