Good Morning!! I had a great discussion the other day with a couple of the CIG crew members. We talked of problems that needed to be fixed, apology's were exchanged and we talked of moving forward in this amazing place. The one word that kept creeping into the conversation was "change", that dreaded word that all of us do not like. My explanation was "change is inevitable" and we have to keep changing to become better.....we have to realize that change can be good, it is a mind set. My son, Taylor, sent me a story yesterday that he had read. A man frequently visited a restaurant that served ok food, reasonable prices and was relatively clean....this restaurant had been a staple in the community a long time with a pretty good business. A new restaurant moved into the same neighborhood....a little bit better food, prices a little higher and cleanliness was top notch. Slowly business declined for the restaurant, instead of making changes that were needed, the owner was sitting in a restaurant that was empty, wondering what in the world happened.....he himself trying not to change. Happy Beautiful Friday yall.....Change was happening right in front of this owner and he did nothing to improve his situation. When a person chooses sobriety over addiction we celebrate, that have chosen a different path and have "changed" who they are. When a person chooses a mate for the rest of their life, they "change" it is no longer just about them. When we become parents, our lives change completely and it is absoultely amazing......but yes it is change. I truly believe when changes are occuring our Heavenly Father is at work..... blessing are forming all around us. The conversation with my co-workers made me realize....change is an amazing thing....I do not want to stay in the place that I am in(even though I think it is pretty great)....I want to continue to evolve and change with my eyes and heart wide open. Accepting and embracing change takes courage and strength and our heavenly Father gives us both of these things when we need them most. Are you standing in a place where everything is falling apart, like this restaurant owner but you are afraid to change or you do not know how to change? Call upon our heavenly Father for direction and courage and get ready for a "life changing "ride..... Funny, my prayer of.."Lord use me to make a difference in 1 person's life," has alaways really been about change and I just realize that.....
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.