Good Morning!!! Yesterday I ran out of the grill at 3:30.....I had an appointment that I needed to get to and Shelby had taken my B to an eye appoointment. We meet back at the grill at 5:00 and we head down to Giorgio's for Italian food before heading home. Giorgio's pizza has been a staple in downtown for 20 plus years. The great old building sits on the corner of J and Broadway and like myself if the doors are open, Giorgio is there. His thick accent and kind words are what greet every customer that walks in the door. He knows us by name, he knows the CIG and always ask how business is......we have a connection....we both work in the crazy, chaotic world of the restaurant business in downtown and we both love it, we love our regulars....many of which we share. We always have great conversation, yesterday we talked of our Faith and our love for our heavenly Father. Giorgio is a christian and a parent that has suffered great loss, the loss of a 15 year old daughter, 9 years ago. He told Shelby and I of his journey and how his Faith and love is stonger now because of his loss. I could not hold back the tears as I listened to his journey...in some ways more than my heart could take...... On the drive home my mind was on this great little pizza joint that sits in the heart of downtown. I have said the biggest thing I have learned over the last 5 years ministry does not just happen in a church, it happens daily at the CIG and I experienced ministry at Giorgio's yesterday.... Happy Beautiful Wednesday yall!!Yesterday during lunch I had the pleasure of meeting a guy and gal that were here visiting from Tyler, they came in Monday and loved it so much they came back yesterday, their words to me" We love the experience and the food and we will see you again tomorrow before we head home." The experience.....those are the words that I feel everytime I enter Giorgio's and my heart is for every guest to have an experience everytime they walk into the CIG, that they feel they apart of a community and a ministry.....that they feel great love. I get it...I was renewed yesterday and I am thankful...what kind of experience do others get when they are in your presents.....is it one of ministry & 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.