One Week Today
Good Morning!! Yesterday marked a week that the CIG has been opened, and we have made leaps and bounds and as soon as I feel good about operations, I fall flat and take 5 giant steps back. Yesterday morning, Shelby and I are both working at one of the terminals and 1 of our wonderful guest stops by, says some kind words about the new building and then says..."Are yall alright...no fighting or bickering", we look at each other and I say, "Ya know Shelby and I do not really blow up and fight we are good", I actually say it a little too proud.(pride comes before the fall) One of the problems at the CIG is we are understaffed and I am working to fix that problem, I hired a new girl last week and she started training immediately, yesterday she was finally going to be on her own and my service would be better( I felt relief). Alysha, my right hand and left hand came in yesterday morning not feeling very well, actually feeling worse by the minute. I go to her and tell her to leave, go to the doc. and get better. Through her sickness she says there is no way we can do it without her. She was right it would be hard, but we could do it. I make a desicion to close my faith room, which seats 28 people, and to concentrate on the main dining, take care of the people that are seated.....knowing some of my wonderful guest could not wait and would leave. Business was crazy, guest were cranky from waiting, the line was long because of being down Alysha but we had a handle on it.... and then cold food started coming out.....mash potato's, a rueben messed up and a Salmon that was not cooked ALL the way(yuck)yall get the picture.... and I snapped, I proceed to rip the amazing crew in the kitchen apart and Shelby gives it right back to me....we proceed out the back door to the alley, where yelling would not be heard by our guest and staff, my oldest son Taylor follows us out there and we both look at him and say "GO BACK INSIDE!!!!" Happy Beautiful Wednesday!! People can not see what is in your heart, they see your actions and OH MYLANTA my actions did not reflect my heavenly father. Satan loves to pull us apart and have us fall apart and when we have a heart of pride, or chaos or anger, that is when he steps in. I ended my chaotic day by apologizing to my kitchen guys, I promised I would do better and we will figure this out. I have had a lot of moments in the last few days, that I would love to erase....but I find this is when my heavenly father is saying lean on me, you cant get this right without me, you can not argue with Shelby without me, you can not run an understaffed restauarant without me!! I opened up my messages this morning from a friend talking about footprints in the sand....she was writing of me helping her but actually she was reminding me and I know the Lord placed this in front of me!! May yall have a beautiful blessed day.....I have been the poster child for mistakes lately but my FAITH stays strong, this is HIS grill.....
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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.