The following dates have come and gone: April 2008, Memorial Day 2008, Spring of 2009. They all have one thing in common, those were dates we told people we would be open.
The naked truth is, whatever date we tell people doesn't matter, because in the end we will open our restaurant when we're done. It may be this year, it may be next year, it maybe in ten years.
As I mentioned a few times already, E! and I are doing most of the work ourselves, because we don't have the money to have other people do it for us. Of course we contract certain jobs out, which are completely beyond our capabilities, but the grunt work is done by us. The point being, it's just the two of us, and there is only so much we can do.
There are of course things that are beyond our control, like designing the septic system, and getting it approved. Although we are only marginally involved in this process, it nevertheless requires occasional attention, and therefore takes time and energy (and it can distract from what we're supposed to do).