What a week it has been; at one point I thought that we would never sign. Then on Friday, I received a call from my lawyer saying that we had exchanged contract.
The only thing that can stop us now is Westminster council not granting us a new Licence.
Retrospectively, I feel that the deal has been very smooth and I am glad that I can start planning the opening of my restaurant.
12 years at Roussillon is a long time but I could have gone on for another 25 years.
It is a real pity that my business partners did not share my enthusiasm, hopes and desire for the future. They were too busy planning their own exit strategies. It took a long time for me to realise that but it is never too late.
So I could go on and develop on how I have been taken for a foul; how I have been taken for ride; how I have been lied to; how they lured me into thinking that they were truly interested in taking Roussillon to another level....That was just bullshit!
It is better not to look back- I have learned from my naivety and can move on.
My timing is very straight forward- the restaurant is going to open in exactly 77 days= 4th May 2010.
77 days to concretise my thoughts. I have a very clear idea of how I want my restaurant to look like.
I also know too well that he has to be THE restaurant I would love to visit on a regular basis. I always think that if you are true to your feelings, patrons will feel comfortable to visit you.
I'll develop on the real identity of the restaurant in later blogs.
Currently, I am in Bangkok, visiting my restaurant (La Table de Tee) and enjoying a bit of free time with Clive (my partner) and our 2 children- Arthur 4 & Anais 18months old.