Good Morning!!" Its who you surround yourself with or the company you keep".....As a mom of boys, I have said this to them a million times. Our heavenly father has blessed me with amazing co-workers, they make me better and they make the CIG shine. I have had to make rules over the last 5 years that have been tough for some co-workers and that has lead to hard decisions when it came to them not able to follow them. A while back I had hired a dishwasher... he was a nice kid, but had a lot of issues at home. It grew wearisome when he could not arrive on time or follow certain rules that I have in place...."One more time is all you have"..that was my words to him. One of my guys does not arrive here until 6:00, he is my prep guy....one morning he came in early and immediately started working, my mind is usually scattered in a million different directions, but I did realize as I stood in the kitchen, he was way early..."Hey Corbin, what's up, why are you here so early?" he told me he was going to have to leave for a little bit so he wanted to make sure he was not behind. I never gave it another thought until he comes back from his errand and I see him and the other guys gathered together, as if they were in a football huddle...."o.k. guys what's up?" They proceed to tell me the journey with the dish washer... major troubles at home...emotionally and financially. Each one of them had been leaving to pick him up so he would not loose his job, he had also started a night job, to try and move out of the chaos he lived in and my sweet and ornery Sam had been taking him to that job in the evening. I stood in disbelief as they shared with me the kind things they had done for this young man, only a few weeks before he had been a complete stranger. The reason they were huddle together, when Corbin went to pick him up, he was nowhere to be found and not answering their phone calls. My heart was full of joy and love for these 3 guys standing in front of me... all three of them are single dad's to their precious girls and they know how tough life can be. " Ya"ll want him to have this job more than he wants this job...sometimes offering kindness and help to others is not enough, they have to want it." I expressed my love and gratitude towards them...the dish washer called a couple of hours later and chose not to have a job here...they were trying to make a difference in this young mans life and I know they did, but they made a huge difference in mine. Happy Beautiful Friday....All of my girls that work here are special and they each have a journey, 4 of them are single moms and all of them are kind with servant's heart. One of them left school as a child to have a child, so she struggles with her spelling, she has worked at the CIG for about a year and some days her tickets are a mess, we gently try to tell her, "lets work on these tickets", the kitchen is having problems understanding what our guest want. Yesterday, I walk out front to check the special board and it looks amazing..."Who did this?" one of the girls responds with her co-workers name..."Will you please go get her"... within a second, all 6 girls are surrounding the special board... I ask her "Did you do the board?" "Umm yes, is it not good?"... "It is beautiful, you did a great job and your handwriting and spelling is perfect...good job" and then here co-worker says something to me I will never forget... "We have been working on her spelling, she wants to learn and become better" and this is who the Lord has surrounded me with...kind, loving, funny smart amazing people. If you surround yourself with amazing people, amazing things happen, that is why the CIG is what is it. I celebrate and I am thankful for each one of them....Alysha Alvarado, Sam, Cindy Terry-Thompson, Vanessa, Lacey Raschke, Mark, Corbin, Marcella Gonzales, Bri, Carlos and Katelynn Rose Jones. I am surrounded by the best....look around you....who are you surrounded by, do they reflect the kind of person you want to be? May your day be beautiful and filled with amazing people surrounding you. — at Cast Iron Grill.
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.