Thank you to our wonderful staff and the amazing customers we had during this exciting year we can proudly say that our mission, at least part of it, has been accomplished.
I remember the moment I decide to live the dream instead of dreaming the dream.
One evening in July of 2010 I was walking in Lincoln Square area. Wondering about life, unhappy with my job and trying to figure out what would be my next step and contemplating if I had in me what takes to really follow my dream: open a spot where Italian food, good fresh “homemade” food would be offered at reasonable price paired with a value driven wine list. We wanted to bring back simplicity, authenticity and value.
During my stroll a sign “for rent”, on a dark pretty ugly orange building, caught my eyes and I felt the funky dirty little window was calling me. I squeezed my face on the glass and look inside and suddenly everything was coming together. I finally found the missing piece.
The right location in the right neighborhood!
Kevin, the young talented chef behind our amazing menu, and I spent so many mornings in little cafe’ talking about this project but always some was missing. And that was, the little front store on Lincoln Avenue with a little garden in the back, where we could recreate a piece of Italy through the food and the ambience. Next day I brought Kevin to see the space and immediately he felt the same feelings I had the night before. All our ideas start to connect together in a clearer vision.
That was the beginning of DueLire.
By the way, just to bring back some reality in this process. After the exciting moments of the beginning, the hard work really starts and takes a lot planning, time, energy and talent to make a dream happen.
So be aware of what dream you choose. That could be the topic for a future blog.
Thank you Kevin for showing me how great food comes from great passion.
Thank you Kelly for making sure the design of the restaurant wasn’t too loud and flashy.
Thank you Cyndi for teaching me about a side of this business I had no clue at all.
And thank you to all the wonderful people, customers, employees I had the pleasure to meet in this year.
You all are part of this dream.