Just spent a few minutes with Jay Jerrier in his new Deep Ellum pizzeria. The city inspector was in earlier, but a couple hiccups kept him from issuing the certificate of occupancy. Jerrier had the problems remedied and hopes to have the inspector back later today.
The real problem now is Jerrier’s wood. It’s too wet. When I saw him at 1, he’d been tending his fire for three hours, trying to get the oven hot enough for a pie. No dice. The crazy Italian thermometer that read only Celsius was stuck at 200; it needed to be at least 400. Jerrier dealt with this disappointment by bluing the air in a way that made me so uncomfortable that I had to leave immediately and go eat a turkey burger at Twisted Root across the street (where I was Ned Flanders).
Stay tuned for more updates. Maybe Jerrier will have his C.O. in hand and his oven hot by this weekend.