It has been a while since I wrote an update on the status of the bakery, so here are some pictures I took a short while ago. We’ve cleared everything out, tagged what we wanted to save, and let the construction magic continue.
Once the contractors began working, they found that the ceilings were in dire need of reinforcement. Somewhere along the line in the century of this building’s life, someone had tried to repair the ceilings, but let’s just say they were not a professional ceiling repairman and didn’t know what they were doing.
So now we’ve reinforced the ceilings and torn down the walls. This is the original brick that had been hiding beneath the dry wall for years. We will have to re-cover it again after the wiring is replaced, but it is still cool to see.
The amount of work that we’ve had and still need to do is incredible. The walls, ceilings, floors, wires, plumbing, everything, all need to be replaced. Except for the bathroom, we’re keeping that as it is:
These renovations remind me of that philosophical question, if you build a ship and over time replace its parts until it doesn’t contain any of the original material, is it still the same ship? I can’t speak for the boat, but I truly believe that despite how new and different the bakery might look when we open, it will still be Scafuri Bakery. A staple of the community, a place for good food and company, and a tribute to family and Italian tradition.