The inside was essentially an empty shell. The permitting process had hit a bureaucratic snag. And to top it off, several of those foam panels had been damaged in transit and needed to be replaced.
“This is definitely a bigger project,” Malka said. “The [drive-thru] was easier to get started. It just was not properly managed.”
Added Hartline: “It’s like [ Extreme Makeover: Home Edition].”
He knows he’s operating on a running clock. His day job — pro football — remains his top priority.
After minicamps ended, Hartline took a couple of weeks off from working out, but said Monday he planned to resume his training shortly.
He doesn’t have a personal strength coach with him, but instead works out in the gym at his downtown Columbus condo. “I’ve been doing it a long time,” he said. “I think I can figure it out.”
Plus, during long days at the Smart Stop, Hartline and Malka have stayed fit with intense push-up and sit-up competitions, Hartline said with a grin.
His regimen will soon become far more structured. Training camp begins the weekend of July 20; Hartline will be back in South Florida the week before to start working again with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
That’s when the venture capitalist will try to tackle an entirely different kind of rehab job: restoring the once-proud image of the Dolphins in a suddenly basketball-mad town.
“Of course you want the parade,” Hartline said. “But there’s a lot more steps before you get the parade though, in my mind. A lot more. Let’s get to the playoffs first.”
Hartline then snapped back into the matter at hand. No time to worry about the Heat and its confetti-spewing celebration. He was more concerned with his store’s dwindling soft drink inventory.
There’s always a truck that needs unloading.