Good Morning!!The last few months have been extremely hard..... to watch a place I love so much slowing down and my breakfast is barly visible has been a tough one to swallow. As I was trying to accomplish other things to what I thought would make the grill better I allowed others to run the breakfast shifts and then I realized wow they did not have the best interest of the CIG & I have a big FAIL with breakfast and with my amazing guest. The last 4 weeks have brought a lot of staff changes and myself taking ahold of the gift the Lord gave to me, my precense on the floor visible at all times. Yesterday I realized how much I had missed it when two things happened.....The CIG received a call yesterdy morning asking if we would feed a DPS officer that was in town...his journey was one of honor and a heart of service... he was chosen to escort the body of a slain officer that was killed on duty. The person calling knew he had had an exhausting journey and needed to be feed before his journey back home. The answer to feed him was an automatic yes and we waited for his arrival..... Yesterday my manager, Krissy Harrelson, celebrated her 1year of being clean & sober, clothed in a black shirt with the phrase "Party Sober" she was celebrating her huge accomplishment. I never knew a Krissy that wasn't sober but I am so proud of her.....thankful for 2nd chances because of our heavenly father. Many of our regulars share the same journey with Krissy.....addiction controlled them and sobriety has set them free....Happy Beautiful Friday yall..... yesterday the DPS officer was sitting at table 11 waiting for his breakfast, I was watching him, my heart wondering exactly what the last 24 hours had been for him. I scan the grill and I see Krissy talking with some of our precious regulars very much in deep conversation.... and then two things happened almost simultaneously.....The officer received his food and before picking up his fork he folded his hands and bowed his head and proceeded to pray, gosh I wanted to know his prayer...was it for the family of the slain officer or was it simply for the food placed infront of him I come back from daydreaming with Krissy and my Taylor standing infront of me desperate for my attention...."Look at what ___________ gave me!!" I look down at her outstretched hand and laying in the middle of her palm was a coin....A 1 year sobriety coin, our regulars 1 year sobriety coin..... My heart was full and I had experienced something rare that I had not seen in a while, not because amazing things had not been happening, it was because my eyes were not open to it....I had become to busy with other issues to notice......I am a walking poster of things not to do but I am also a walking poster of experiencing Gods grace & love.
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.