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Green Tea Restaurant – Mission (almost) Accomplished!

September 15, 2010
Green Tea, West Didsbury

Green Tea, West Didsbury

Well, we’ve sort of, finally, made it! Like all amazing projects, NOTHING ever goes according to a plan. The carefully crafted plan was ripped up on Day 1, as we realised that it was going to take a whole lot more than a “lick of paint”.

The opening night – remember, we kept saying Friday 3rd Sept, just in time for WestFest – was put back. You just can’t argue with persistent rain, dry rot, cracks in plate glass windows and general tiredness!

There was also the small point that the core team working on this project were also working on other projects for other clients – Moregeous fitted in a bit of filming for ITV for Rose Cottage, WeAreLife cracked on with the design projects, Didsbury Life organised WestFest. And I went back to school – as a teacher I might add. Not a pupil!

So, opening night was slightly delayed – but we think we’ve still done rather well. This was the most enormous team effort. And credit to the people involved, no tempers were lost at any point, no arguments were had, no fall-outs, no differences of opinion. (Well, perhaps we differed with Jenny sometimes over aesthetics…) There are so many lovely individuals who were involved in this amazing project. Firstly Sian and Martin, who kept us sane throughout! We’ve shared some lovely experiences and have found two exceptional friends. To Si’s team of “workmen” – nothing was ever too much trouble for Marcin and the boys and they are now definitely part of our team, too. Gregg – the most unassuming and lovely person, who took our ideas and ran with them and in the blink of an eye, transformed the front of the restaurant. Ian, who was roped in by Gregg, to do a “bit of painting” and ended up staying a few days extra, helping out wherever he could. Pete and Chris, from our other company, WeAreLife, who literally worked through the night to get the website designed and built, and the menus designed and printed and the Twitter account set up. Mike Bach, personal trainer, who worked with the Green Tea girls, devising the Guilt Free menu. Marc the Printers for turning around the temporary menus in double quick time. Dangerous Dave. Possibly one of the nicest people we’ve met – he doesn’t like a towel in the bathroom, he doesn’t like his veg but he knows how to have a good time!

Final thanks must go to Jenny and Xiona for their unwavering faith in what we could do. It’s a rare opportunity, I think, when a business hands themselves totally over to you, but that’s what the girls did. They are two of the most beautiful people you could meet, and it’s now fantastic that they have a restaurant which reflects the amazing quality of their food.

We’re still waiting for one or two additions which will finish the re-furb, so until then, we’re not posting any more images. However, we’ll keep you updated when the icing on the cake arrives.

This has been a really life/business changing venture that we’ve been involved in over the summer – why not get yourself along to The (New) Green Tea Restaurant and check it out for yourself? It has, possibly, Didsbury’s most glamorous toilet, too…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 7:15 pm

    It looks fabulous – what an incredible transformation. Full credit to everyone involved. Hope it’s the first of many.

  2. September 16, 2010 11:19 am

    A lovely idea, superbly realised. Looking forward to trying it out soon!

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