Good Morning!! It will be 5 years in September that the CIG has been open. Oh mylanta how time flies!! 2 1/2 years ago I was beaten down and exhausted, the fate of my precious restaurant was truly out of my hands.... not knowing if I could keep my doors open, I was truly leaning on the Lord for strength. I was not really even focused anymore, I was living in fear. I had already planned to close the grill that summer for a much needed break. The week before closing everything came apart at the seams.... I went ahead and closed, honestly not knowing what was going to happen. My precious little family headed to my dads for a few days and then it became a working week, honestly a pretty miserable hard week.....many tears and sadness. I proclaimed "I will never close again for a break". Its amazing how time and his strength, comfort and love can change things. Of course, wednesday it hit me....what if something happens to this place I love so much, will my crew be ok.... will my guest return. Driving in this morning one of my favorite songs came on the radio, Mandisa's "Things can only get better", one line of the song... When the waves are taking you under hold on just a little bit longer, he knows that this is gonna make you stronger, the pain ain't gonna last forever. WOW i believe this song was sent to me this morning reminding me.... I was drowning a few years ago, but with his strength and love I am stronger in Him than I ever thought possible. Happy Friday yall, you and the Lord knows the journey you are on, allow your pain, suffering and your anxiety to rest on him. I am a walking testimony of his grace and love... been there done that everyday yall. At 2:00 today when I shut the CIG doors for one week, I do so with excitement. Pray for my amazing crew for much needed rest and for my precious family as we travel. I pray yall have an amazing 4th!! WOOT WOOT vacation is here yall!!
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.