Good Morning!!This week has been a blur.....alarm goes off at 2:30, I either get right up or hit the snooze and then I jump up in panic mode.....yall know how it feels to be late because of that little button that our fingers find so conveniently. I do not think Shelby and I have had a normal conversation in a few weeks now, every word revolves around the new building or my B taking finals. Monday night was a very late night, we worked at the new building till 11:00 and then headed home, Tuesday came with very little sleep and issues lingering. In 5 years I have never forgot a catering...and yep I did, now in panic mode this amazing staff pulls it off without a hitch. Lunch was coming to an end and my mind already on the other joint when 3 older ladies come to the front door, I greet them, one was in a wheel chair with the most beautiful smile I have ever seen, her soul was shining through. I take them to the Faith room and as I am about to turn and walk away one of them grabs my hand and says..." My husband, ______, was a regular here, he loved this place, he passed away a few days ago and so we wanted to come and celebrate him in this place that he loved....it brought him JOY." I have talked about unexpected gifts from our heavenly father and this was one of them, this brought me back right where I needed to be and why I am exhausted...with tears brimming from my eyes and hers she tells a little of her husband, his sister was the beautiful lady in the wheel chair, they were so happy to be at the CIG. Happy Beautiful Thursday yall, every person we encounter has a story, my crew is trained to understand that but sometimes I forget it. Yesterday, this family came in again with grandchildren and kids and they enjoyed this place their family member loved so much, what an honor to be apart of there grief, love and joy. I needed this to remember, the new joint does not have to be perfect when opening....it needs to be a place that brings joy, love and great food. It needs to be a place where memories are made every minute, where laughter, love and joy are busting at the seams. Life is a beautiful journey and once again I was given a gentle reminder of what it really is all about......I pray yall's day is full and in this craziness of the season you remember what an amazing journey we are ALL on, many blessings to each of you on this beautiful Thursday!!
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.