"... even giving a half year window, can be off, and viewed as a failure of planning, resources, construction, government, etc. many, many things go wrong, having to deal with PR fallout as a result, only hurts. And you know what? Heís 100% right. You gain NOTHING by announcing an opening, months out."
Is Hensville too big to use as an example of how that 100 percent claim is incorrect?
In late August 2015, Hensville planned to open for Mud Hens opening day, Apr 7, 2016. That's more than seven months between those dates.
In early December 2015, Hensvilled planned to open before opening day. They must have been eyeing St. Patrick's Day weekend more than three months in advance.
And Hensville opened for St. Patrick's Day weekend 2016.
How did Hensville do it? Have they shared their experience with the public to help small business owners?
Even if Hensville is not considered a small business, it seems that something from their renovation experience could be helpful for others.
Or did the following occur?
I was inbibing with some experienced bar people who laughed that Hensville was able to jump through all the pre-opening inspections, re-inspections and permits
from the Toledo Building Inspection, Lucas County Health Department, Toledo Fire Department and Ohio Liquor Control.
These inspections are required AFTER CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETED in order for mere mortals to get an occupancy permit for a bar / restaurant.
I was downtown last weekend and Hensville construction was not completed. No way the construction, inspections and permits got done in 3 days. I even heard that there remains exposed wiring in several areas through the Henhouse.