On April 12, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas witnessed a deluge. That evening, a cold water main broke and flooded the casino’s just-opened sports book, its ostensibly clandestine pizzeria and Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill.
Ironically, the eatery dedicated to serving fish bore the brunt of the downpour. By the time the waters of April had subsided, the damage included the restaurant’s entire hickory-plank floor, big stretches of its walls, its front sushi bar and all of its lighting.
This column didn’t just give me the chance to learn exactly what goes into a major clean-up effort; it gave me the excuse to use as many synonyms for “flood” as I could find. Seriously, though, it’s the kind of writing that I’d like to do a lot more of, since I learned a lot doing it.
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to rebuild a restaurant in less than three weeks, read this one.