We are a husband, (pregnant) wife, and 18-month-old daughter team renovating and decorating our family business.  Needless to say, we vastly underestimated the amount of time renovation may take.  Mostly because our mothers' weren't kidding: everything takes longer with a baby/toddler, and also because there is a lot I cannot do being pregnant (painting, for one, heavy lifting for another). 

Norwich is great.  The people and community here just upped and helped out.  We're old friends really (Jaime spent his formative teenage years and first cheffing jobs here, and I four years of post-graduate study), this city and us, but the support and friendship shown in these early weeks has been phenomenal.

Check out these pictures of the last few weeks in action!  Moving forward, our social media (@figbarnorwich twitter, Instagram, Facebook) will be chock-a-block of delicious food testing and behind-the-scenes image, but for now, here's us doing some hard graft getting things 'just so' before we open our doors to you.  To say Figbar is a labour of love is a bit of an understatement, and we hope you love the outcome a much as we do.

'I promise, I have a plan!' -me to our sceptical paint crew (aka friends and family!)

'I promise, I have a plan!' -me to our sceptical paint crew (aka friends and family!)

The kitchen has arrived!

The kitchen has arrived!

My lovely mother flew all the way from the USA to help hang these awesome tin tiles on the bar!

My lovely mother flew all the way from the USA to help hang these awesome tin tiles on the bar!

Lights!! Special thanks to www.collectiviste.com for the beautiful oyster shell globe!

Lights!! Special thanks to www.collectiviste.com for the beautiful oyster shell globe!

kitchen equipment slowly being put into place, copper bar lights installed!

kitchen equipment slowly being put into place, copper bar lights installed!

Ella helps build high chairs for new friends to use at Figbar!

Ella helps build high chairs for new friends to use at Figbar!

Excuse the construction, but look at the graffiti fig by @stepthirtynine !!!!!

Excuse the construction, but look at the graffiti fig by @stepthirtynine !!!!!

Shop front being prepped for new paint and a new sign with lovely model Chef Jaime Garbutt!

Shop front being prepped for new paint and a new sign with lovely model Chef Jaime Garbutt!