I really expected something different. Something not so — tacky?
Up the block, my favorite cappuchino place consolidated into one building. The other building is going to be a new restaurant. (For those not from around here, Sheepshead Bay has a LOT of restaurants. A lot.)
It was exciting to watch it go up. Outside, they split a tree trunk, left the bark on, and used the trunk to outline the building. They put boards on, one at a time, like panelling. They did the same inside, tree trunks, single boards put up one at a time. Hand stained everything. The sign is metal, the little ‘awning’ is made of terracotta tiles that took a few days to put up, piece by piece. Inside, they paid such attention to detail! Through the windows you could see that they put galvanized buckets around bare bulbs to make light fixtures. Very creative!
They put the name up on a piece of burlap, first — keeping with the rustic sort of theme. Servai Cafe & Grill. Yum! A grill! Something different, we already have seafood, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Turkish and others just on Emmons Avenue. This would be nice. The rustic look made it look casual, like I could just pop down there, but the fact that they worked so hard on the decor made me feel like it would be a nice place, a bit of a treat for me.
And then, on Saturday, they topped it off. They put something on top of the building.
A giant chicken.
A giant plastic chicken.
A giant plastic YELLOW chicken, with a blue chef’s hat and pants, and bright red beak.
A giant plastic YELLOW chicken, with a blue chef’s hat and pants, and bright red beak, holding a GIANT SAUSAGE.
I am sure you all understand my reaction, “what the HELL is that?” The kids were delighted, sure, but now I live up the block from a six foot tall, primary colored chicken. I can see it now, giving people directions: “When you get to the well lit yellow chicken, you’re close! Make a left just past the chicken!”
I’m still dying to know what they’ll be serving, though. They were supposed to open, yesterday.