Open space, right in the middle

Just a quick view of the work on the courtyard. The areas marked out in white will be brick walkways. For that middle section, stay tuned.

The kitchen’s open

Chef Sean Sinclair has begun serving from the new kitchen at the Hotel Castaneda. The kitchen serves the bar at the Castaneda and will add the dining room when completed. The bar has a complete menu, with 25 items from appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. The menu is locally sourced, with produce and meats…

Time and space

There’s a rhythm to the restoration site that often includes stops and starts, frenzy and lulls. Sometimes progress waits for inspections or specialty contractors. Sometimes it holds while design and colors can be finalized. Then, at other times, it’s pedal to the metal. Here’s a look at the dining room over a few weeks as…

Out of the oven

These old coal-fired ovens are gorgeous, but they’re not practical in a modern kitchen. What to do? Turn them into a serving or prep area off the main kitchen. Here’s how it happens – lots of scrubbing, scraping and a granite top.

Where should it go?

Allan has had a team of antique specialists scouring the country for just the right furniture for the Hotel Castaneda. Some of that Victorian furniture has arrived and is packed into the dining room. Watch and listen as Christian and Jeff talk about a Mosely Folding Bathtub that needs to find the right spot in…

Turning up the heat

Kitchen equipment – stove tops, regular ovens, grills, computerized cooking centers, mixers – has been delivered and is being installed in the kitchen. Sean Sinclair, executive chef and owner of Kin at Castaneda, walks us through the kitchen setup.

Won’t be long now

The crew put down the first coat of paint on the kitchen floor. It’s an industrial epoxy that seals well and should be easy to clean.