Good Morning!! The other day I was talking with a young lady about the prospects of becoming a manager with the Cast Iron Grill.....as my words unfolded and I described this amazing place I was trying to stress that it is more than great food and great service, it is truly loving the guest that walk through these doors. You are blessed by being on their journey through life....wow I realized it is going to be very hard to train someone for this job . I start recalling all of the people that are apart of my life and have been for almost 6 years. The precious couple that comes in at least ones a week....he shuffles in, always a step behind his precious wife, he has dementia and some other health issues. He does not always speak clearly but he always has a smile and hug for me, he is apart of my life. Another one of my regulars was diagnoised with Alzheimers last year and I keep waiting for things to change.....but he still is the same ole guy, onary as ever and always greets with a smile and hug. The Wednesday morning dads that have been coming for years now, I have watched all of their precious children grow and the Tuesday morning group that the Faith room was built for......I can't convey the feelings, to a manager, how I have felt when I have received the calls that one of them has passed from this earth and celebrating with our heavenly Father.I have so many, that I have lost count of, the grieving spouses that have lost their other halfs....their hearts broken, they were lost, angry and full of despair and then slowly overtime they began to heal...forever changed but with joy and hope slowly restored. I have been apart of so many diagnosis, prayers, tears and healing.....geez I can not put all of this in a training manual because it is life not a job. Happy Beautiful Monday yall.....Our heavenly Father has placed each of us on a very special journey.....our training manual is his word that guide's us and my experiences will be different than whomever runs the grill with me or after me.....Eventually there will be someone that takes my place and I am already praying for them, they are truly blessed if the Lord chooses them to run HIS grill.....I know they have to have a servants heart, love the Lord with all their heart and they have to love others, no matter what mood they are in. I was given a gift when I started reflecting over the job qualifications of this place...... I had none of the requirments when he gave me my job.....he has equipped me for what was to come..... I was lacking in every area......Do you feel you are underqualified for what he is calling you to do? He will equip you perfectly for the journey ahead....no more stressing for me on who will run this place in the future, he is already equipping them and preparing them and they do not even not it and that makes my GIDDY!!
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.