Good Morning!! A different kind of love story.....Sam I am(that is what I call him) wandered into the grill looking for a job..... I did not hire him the first time or the 2nd...3rd time is a charm and he became apart of the CIG. He has been with me almost 2 years, and what a difference he has made in my life. I jokingly say I wish he never knew my cell phone number, because he calls me as much as my kids do and when I do not answer he leaves a message.."Teresa I know you know it is me quite ignoring me and call me" We have laughed together, cried together, been very angry at each other but we have always loved each other. He is the sole caretaker and provider to his precious 6 year old daughter and helps raise his grandchildren(yes his daughter big surprise) He loves his church and his pastor and had an amazing opportunity to sing last Sunday. When he gets all riled up you can not understand him because he is talking so fast and he takes everything that happens at the CIG to heart.....he loves this place, he loves our guest and wants everyone to be their best. Yesterday the CIG crew gathered in a circle in the FAITH room, held hands and prayed for my SAM I AM..... Happy Beautiful Thursday yall.... On Tuesday I receive a call for my sweet friend....."Teresa the bleeding is being caused by cancer.....I have cancer. I sit in complete silence, with tears streaming as I listen. The CIG crew has been on this journey with so many of our precious guest but now it is one of us and my heart is broken. My crew came together with tears, prayer and a heart of hope for our friend and co-worker. If you have ever been to this amazing place Sam has touched you with his talent and love for cooking and his enormous sense of humor... he has served you straight from his heart!! On this beautiful Valenties day I am celebrating my love for ALL that are in my life. I am asking for prayers for Sam....for healing, comfort and peace and for my crew, we are pretty tight around here, we are family.......There are many things I have learned over the last 5 years......ministry does not only happen in a church, blood does not mean family.....and our hearts have the capacity to love so many!! May your day be full of celebrating the amazing love the Lord has given you!!
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.