When I wrote this I still wasn’t sure were my future was heading, I just new that I was done with the restaurant! Just a few short months later I can say that closing the restaurant was the best thing I ever did. I have recaptured the passion I have for cooking and am excited about the direction my new business is heading.
Shannon keeps telling me to write more blogs, that people keep wanting more! Well here it is…and it’s a doozy!
I always said to myself that when the fun ended so would this ride. Well I’m excited to say that after 12 years it’s time to close the doors and & get off this ride! Our final dinner service will be Sunday April 24th 2016
We’ve had such an incredible 12 years with the amazing customers we’ve met, the passionate farmers who shared their products with us, & the staff who shared our dream and goals. We could never have made it this far with out all your support, & for that I will always be grateful.
All of this couldn’t have been done without family! Shannon joined me on the crazy adventure & was the true force behind the restaurant. Not only was she the face of the business, she was the only one who could keep me balanced, from being my own worst enemy! My parents who were emotional & financial support. My Dad did most of the fix it jobs; jobs that would have ended with me electrocuting myself or putting a nail through my hand. My mom was always bringing us things we were short on. Need a champagne flute or a water picture, she could get it! My in laws who came in early to help prep, can, or drop off dinner for us at home when we were to busy to cook for ourselves. My brother who stepped in during the early years and helped us out of a tough spot; he also provided many great memories at the restaurant; from his setting me on fire to his MacGyver style electrical work! And how about our boys… So many of you have seen them grow up through the years! When we first started out they were just “babies”, sleeping in the back of our mini van as we painted and cleaned the original space in Sundel square. Now they are young men, and having lived through the highs and lows of the restaurant world, are ready to take on the world and follow their dreams!
I’m sure the biggest question I’ll get asked is if I have any regrets? Well after a long walk & alot of thought there is but one…Over the last few years I’ve seen such an explosion of farms providing sustainable produce & ethical meats. This was the first year I was able to have a local green salad on my menu all through the winter. I see customers coming in, educated about ethically raised meat, something we had really focused on this past year. In fact we will be able to finish of our time featuring nothing but pasture raised & ethically treated meat! The regret is that we won’t be part of this exciting time in the valley & get to continue to be part of this movement on a professional level, however, we will continue on a personal level.
No other regrets, just great memories. I see many of my old cooks and chefs with great careers & families. I’d like to think that some of what they learned & experienced at the restaurant has helped them on their path. You know we just hired a dishwasher who has been a part of journey in her own way. She has been coming for dinner since a little girl. In fact we had a “Sid pasta” for when she came in. Just chicken and Alfredo, but that what she always wanted! A few years ago she had her birthday party in the kitchen. Our pastry chef at the time did a pizza – muffin party for her and her friends. Now she’s 15 and washing dishes for us, low & behold no pasta any more, we even had her eating yak the other day! We can’t forget all the weddings we’ve catered. Many of who come back to the restaurant celebrate their anniversary. Wow all the birthdays & life celebrations that we’ve been apart of. How could you have regrets! In some way we have a been a small part in so many people’s lives!
We’re not sure what our next adventure will be, but a little time off I think is in order!