Monday, February 20, 2012

It's a need a glass of wine day... alas...

There are days when life is frustrating. There are days when it feels like all I am doing is putting out fires & persuading others that a good attitude is a good idea. Ya know those days when it feels like everyone is just out to make your life more complicated than it really needs to be.... those days when it doesn't seem to matter what you do, how much you give, or how much you honestly care- people are just going to be cranky. Welcome to Monday, the 20th... I walked right into the remains of a disheveled weekend leaving repercussions that can only be described as exasperating... 
I can't complain about my life, I really can't. So the fact that today was a let down is just one hurdle in the marathon of owning a business & managing people. However, sometimes it is hard to be the "coach" all the time. Sometimes it is hard to not have someone pulling me up, helping me cope, giving me advice... It sounds so selfish to even type... but that was the kind of day I walked into... I pray for strength & I rest in the promise that God will never give me more than I can handle. I am glad that my hope is somewhere beyond here! 
Then, I get one small email... amidst the cynicism & the negativity & whatever else is going on in the water at this restaurant... and it gives me hope... and reminds me that there are always going to be bad days, weeks, months, seasons even... but there is never a reason to get bogged down & there is certainly never a reason to give up!

"The more I experience different cities the more I realize just how special and great the restaurant truly is.  From the food to the staff to the beverages.  
I went to a lot of different restaurants and cocktails lounges this weekend.  I truly believe our cocktails are hands down better and was actually excited to come home and enjoy one of ours.  I just wanted to send a little thank you and a pat on the back for building an environment that patrons and staff look forward to eating, dining, and working at. Each time I leave for a couple of days and get a renewed vigor and can't wait to apply what I've been thinking about and what I learned from the places I've seen and been to. Hope you guys had a great weekend." 

Hmmm, we really are given what we need, when we need it. 
The drama will still be there tomorrow. And yes, it will need taken care of... but if we can get at least one person to believe in what we do today- I will call it a game & be back to work harder tomorrow... 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1st ever Spirits & Food Pairing!

This past month we were able to hold our first spirits dinner. Now that we are able to serve the 'neat' stuff we thought we would kick it off with a fancy, schmancy dinner that involved 5 courses of food & 17 DIFFERENT TASTINGS OF SPIRITS to pair with it! Words cannot describe the complexity of this dinner so I will just show what we did with photos.... I mean there was nitrogen involved for crying out loud! : ) 

Cheers! To an exceptionally challenging yet rewarding night at the bar!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Opposite of barn raising

This past Sunday we visited an old farm in Ohio. It was our General Manager's Grandmother-in-law's farm.  (phew) We loaded up Nick, Jess, their toddler-sized daughter, Caleb & I into an old pick up truck & headed for the Buckeye country-side! The purpose of this trip was to reclaim some wood from the multiple barns that were about fall down on this particular farm. We will then use the wood in our next restaurant: Project Indianapolis! Nothing like a great deal! We were greeted by one of the sweetest 80 year old women I've ever met! She welcomed us in with Pot Roast & homemade pie... and then they went out to work! And by they: I mean, Caleb, Nick, & sweet 80 year old Mary!

The wind & snow picked up as the day progressed but nothing would stop Mary... Not even the truck getting stuck in the snow!

She whipped out her tractor- "easy problem" she says. 

Did I mention this lady runs this farm all by herself??

And of course, she pulled us out!

After all the food, and all the work, and all the fun... we drove the truck home loaded with lumber & memories. Thank you Mary for your hospitality & the chance to make this new restaurant really special!