I *think* this is our rough schedule of what will happen during the reconstruction.
On Monday, December 13, we will be submitting the engineering plans to the city for what's called "Plan Check". We then wait for the building permit to be issued.
Karl and I think the Plan Check phase will take about three weeks. Which, after the City's time off between Christmas and New Year's Day, plops the building permit being issued about January 3, 2011. (Hopefully, they'll get through the plan check more quickly than that but we're not holding our breath.)
Some parts of the demolition need to wait until the building permit is issued but after that demolition should take between 7 to 10 days. Why so long? The contractors are carefully pulling off (well, as carefully as demolition can be at least) the old roof trusses by hand and not by some giant (but really cool) demolition machine with a claw. We like that.
Shortly after demolition is complete (we think it should take about 7-10 days after the permit is obtained depending on the contractor's workload) the trusses for the new roof come in and another crew comes in and puts them up. (Which should take another 7 to 10 days)
Then, the actual roofer comes in and puts the new roof on. (Having done roofs before, we think this should take about a week.)
In between all of that, we have electrical work to be done, lights to install, changes to the patio that the city wants us to do. We're going to be busy for the next two or three months!
So, adding in about a week per job of down time while we wait for contractors and various other unforeseen circumstances that we, uh, didn't see coming, we think we'll be open around the beginning of March. Obviously, we'll keep you updated on this blog. (And probably our social network sites (Twitter, etc.) once they get up and running.)