Good Morning!! It was a typical crazy day at the CIG and I was still learning the ropes. I delivered 4 plates of food to C2, meaning my cougar room. A small room with 6 tables, all the tables were filled with either men in business suits or men in uniform, C2 was no different, 4 of Lubbock's bomb squad were sitting here. I place their plates in front of them, ask if all was groovy and quickly head back to the kitchen. The noise of the kitchen can be overwhelming sometimes....and the voice that rose from that noise was pure panic!!! I hear Alysha running towards the kitchen yelling "911 in the cougar"... we run smack into each other and she is yelling.."OH MY GOSH", I grab her shoulders and tell her I was just there, what is it? with eyes huge and out of breath she throws up her hands and stumbles with the words..."Ketchup everywhere!!" I run back and see my precious guest, my ceiling and tables splashed with ketchup.... C2 ketchup EXPLODED when they opened it. It took me a few days to get over being horrified and to see the humor....ketchup exploded on the bomb squad. I had been open a few weeks when I met my first widower, his precious wife had just passed and he had wandered into the CIG. My first time to share tears with a complete stranger....today he is still one of my cherished guest....remarried and full of joy, our heavenly father restored his JOY. The CIG has celebrated many precious baby's being born and many of my precious friends leaving this earth and celebrating in heaven. The crew and I have hid in every corner of this old building waiting to scare each other and laugh until our belly's hurt. We have been caught singing and dancing at the most inappropriate time. I never knew 5 years ago what the Lord had in store for me.... I had prayed to make a difference in 1 person life and he gave me the grill. Today I celebrate each one of my guest, friends and each crew member that has been apart of this amazing journey. Happy Beautiful Tuesday ya'll. Thank you for opening your hearts to us and making a difference in our lives. Yesterday, I sat with my friend Donna that has breast cancer...it was not a good day. All day long I could not get her off my mind, I sat and prayed for her in the quite of my office and I am so honored the Lord has allowed me to be apart of her journey all because of the CIG....strangers become guest, guest becomes cherished friends..these friends that I love with my whole heart. I praise the Lord for this precious gift he gave me.....and countless memories to last a life time.
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.