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Making your own roofs for Fourteen restaurants

As we returned from our weekly shopping trip to Salinas, we came upon a really interesting way to make roofing.  A few entries back, we talked about thatch, which I believe is roofing made from palm tree fronds.  Well, yesterday, we found out that you can do it out of "prairie grass", also.

 

We had just parked to take a break and watch the waves while we gave Coquita a little walk, and we were surrounded by bunches of this "grass" drying in the sun.  We call it "cade", and will check with Alfonso to make sure that we have it right...take a look...

 

 If you notice on the left, you will see only five of the fourteen new restaurants.  Now...Rox and I were in the restaurant business for over 20 years, and got pretty good reviews, and take it from us, making it in the restaurant business is extremely tough...most fail--and the ones that don't fail sometimes want to open up another location--then both locations usually fail...so...what in the world is this guy smoking, when he builds fourteen identical restaurants???

 

The little town where these restaurants are is Valdivia--about 20 klicks south of Montanita...

 

Now, we all know about food courts in malls...but what happens when everyone serves the same stuff???

 

We met the owner of the project and the gentleman whose family was weaving the roofing to finish up the last of the restaurants--they plan to open in August or September.

 

After the grass is delivered from the mountains, the ladies count out the strands and tie them off, then lay them out to dry for a couple of days, then they re bundle the dried stalks while maintaining the exact count...

 

 

 

 

 This is how they install the cade--all the ladies that I interviewed swore that it didn't leak a drop...

 

Here is a shot from underneath...

 

 

 And here is a shot of one of fourteen completed seaside restaurants...

 

We drive by weekly, so we will post an update to how this projects does as the tourist seasons swings into high gear...

 

Posted on Thu, July 9, 2009 at 10:25AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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