Tonight my first bar regular at CJ’s came in and told us that this would be his last visit for a very long time. He is moving to Florida. I knew this was coming but wasn’t sure when. He has been a long time regular at CJ’s and really welcomed me when I start bartending here. He is such and awesome and funny guy that really does care about us! He’s one of the regulars you just truly love. I bought him and his friend dinner which ended with come hugs 🙂 We’ll miss Ron so much at CJ’s!!
Tonight LD and Danielle both came to me letting me know that they over heard one of our long time regulars talking. The mother of the group had just had her first round of chemotherapy she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. They aren’t even sure if it will make a difference. The girls were in tears and with the pull at my heart strings of course I was going to RAK them.
I just dropped by and explained that their server, whom they had a discussion about their current circumstances, let me know they were going through some tough situations and that we wanted to make tonight a little better by doing something nice for some long time regulars. They were very appreciative and welled up a bit. Nice job girls thank you for getting me involved. Prayers out to the family going through such a tough ordeal.
We had a couple come in on Saturday afternoon. They got here a little before we opened, so that they could make sure they got the correct seats at the bar. Christie relayed that the couple Todd and Lisa were celebrating the 13th anniversary of their first date which was at seats 13 and 14 at the bar. They have since married. I thought it was such a cool story, and thanked Christie for bringing it to my attention. The couple was thrilled that we recognized them, and I am sure that they will pay it forward.
Had the pleasure of meeting a couple of sisters who dine with us frequently Barbara and Sheila. One of our servers Sarah mentioned how sweet and nice they are and asked if we could RAK them. Come to find out they’ve been coming to Salem for many years and we gave them each a $25 GC to use on their next visit. Both were thrilled and Barbara is going to handing out the Pay it Forward tomorrow!
Met a regular bar guest Joe tonight. He was in to grab a bowl of chowder for his better half Jackie. Jackie is in rehab recovering from a spill from riding her horse. Broken hip, 5 broken vertebrae and 5 cracked ribs. Took care of the chowder and also gave him a GC to use either to bring her more takeout food (who likes food at rehabs?) or to use when she gets out!
Real easy one today. Had a young girl eating with her mom today who was wearing a Boston Bruins sweatshirt. As they were leaving I struck up a conversation with the daughter asking if she was going to watch the game tonight. She said she was going to be able to watch “a little”. I asked who her favorite player was. She said Zdeno Chara. So I made up a $33 GC (his number) for her to use the next time she dines with us! The mom and daughter were very happy!
Tonight we had a large party in the lounge of Cafe Teresa employees. They found out Sunday that their restaurant was closing and all needed to find new jobs. The crew gathered together tonight over the loss, and it was apparent that they were all family like with one and other. Hearing the news from our staff over what happened- I knew I wanted to RAK the table. I took care of all the food they ordered in addition to giving out 4 RAK certificates so they could keep the movement going. Tears and hugs were shared among all of us!
Tonight I was walking around the dining room and I saw this little boy behaving so well at his table and every time I walked by he was waving and saying hi. Once they got their food he started dancing to every bite of mac and cheese that he had. He was making me as well as others smile and laugh and I knew that I needed to RAK them. I picked up their whole tab and gave them a 25 gift card to pass to someone who would also spread some cheer. They said they knew exactly who they would give it to.
Tonight Lou had a couple in the lounge visiting from California. They have never been to New England and a wedding has them here visiting. They shared that they collect items from places that they have visited. Dave and I went over to give them two tee shirts (of course one is the Red Sox logo!). The couple was very happy with the gesture and the new T-bones tees to add to their collection of travel souvenirs.
Jenny approached me after becoming aware that a woman at her table clearly was in distress. Two women were waiting for the third and fourth person to join their table. A highchair awaited one of them. After a short while a woman joined the party in tears. We don’t know the complete dynamics of what happened before she joined her friends but she wasn’t able to have her child with her tonight and Jenny overheard she wasn’t sure she could join her friends for dinner clearly stressed about payment for her meal. We wanted to do something to make her day and allow her some moments of happiness regardless of how brief they were. We decided to give her a GC to use tonight and one to join us again. She broke down in tears hugging Jenny and let us know that it was truly a remarkable thing we were doing because she couldn’t begin to express how terrible she felt in life at this time. The women left Jenny a wonderful note expressing how we turned someone’s day around and made an impression we aren’t able to even comprehend.