Ruth came in this afternoon to pick up her favorite Chicken Fajita Salad. After chatting with her for a bit, I learned that CJ’s held a special place in her heart. Her husband had brought here for their very first date many, many years ago. Life has gotten in their way quite a bit, which has kept them away from dining recently so I hooked her up with a gift certificate to come and join us for date night. Ruth thought the gesture was so great, and explained that she couldn’t wait for her husband to no longer work weekends in a few months so they could make their way in!
Tonight I had a family of 3 in for dinner and as I was browsing in the dinning room I saw them wearing some funny looking headbands. When they were done dinner I asked them what they were about. This cute little girl Skylar told me she just graduated Pre-K yesterday and it was her choice of places to pick for dinner. She told me that this is her favorite restaurant and she was a proud young lady. I bought there dinners and told them if they can Pay It Forward to someone we would greatly appreciate it! Skylark told me she can give it to one of the homeless shelters that her and her mother go to to bring some items to the “more needy”. This little girl is so giving and kind I wished her well on her next adventure onto 1st grade!
One of our young CJ’s fans had dental work performed this morning. With a very swollen face & mouth, her only request from her mom and dentist were that she could still eat her favorite items from CJ’s. – Mac n’ Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, & Corn Bread. When they came in to pick up their takeout I let them know that lunch was on us. They were both stunned and so very grateful for receiving a random act of kindness!
Tonight at the bar one of our amazing regulars came in and before I could even get them a drink she said that earlier this week I had come around the bar and gave her a hug and that she wanted to let me know that meant so much to her and that she needed that hug so badly that day. Her story went on and she let me know that day she found out that her mother was very sick and that the doctors had told them there was nothing they could do and that it happened fast and she passed away yesterday. I remember how earlier this week when I saw her I just felt she needed a hug and I’m so glad I was there to give it to her. I am going to take care of their dinner tonight and be so grateful for everyone in my life T-BONES staff and guests are all special to me.
Today a guest just arriving witnessed a hit and run. A young man and his mother were in the parking lot and saw a car shake and then saw the car drive away after backing into it. The rear bumper was hanging off the back of the car driving away while the witnesses called after the two young men. They were able to record part of the vehicle’s license plate. I found the owner of the damaged vehicle and brought the mom outside to call 911. She was dining with her father and two young boys. She had just picked up her dad from the airport. TBones was his favorite restaurant he used to dine with his late wife. Her dad had been traveling up to NH with his “lady companion” when she broke her pelvis and back and he had to leave her behind in Savannah in the hospital to have surgery and then flew to NH to see his daughter. She was so distraught as it had been just an awful day so far. When i told her i wanted to turn her day around with our RAK she cried, hugged me and thanked me profusely. She cried harder when I presented her with a $50 GC so she could take her dad out again during his visit on better circumstances as they had to abandon their meals and take what was left to go.
The information the witnesses obtained was enough to identify the vehicle out of Auburn and luckily there was minimal damage to her car. I shared our RAK program one more time with the witnesses( and have fulfilled my RAK for next week) as their acts had such a profound impact on the outcome of the accident. The police officer said their information alone was enough to identify the blue four door sedan late model toyota camry with the correct first 4 digits on the license plate. They were shocked and grateful and enjoyed a wonderful meal after being shook up and highly upset by what they witnessed and the pure lack of respect it took to drive away after hitting another car.
A few days late posting this – but still awesome. We had some very regular guests in for lunch last week. One of them has Parkinson’s and on her way out one of her legs froze up and she couldn’t move right at the entryway. In addition to the guests she had dined with were Arlene and John Maloney. These guests were just arriving and didn’t even hesitate to assist. They both comforted the guest as we were able to get her to sit into an office chair (on wheels) and give her a ride down the accessible ramp to the car. I stopped by the table as they were just finishing their meals to thank them for the help and to take care of their meals. They were thrilled and will be back to let me know how they “Paid it Forward”!
Had a mother and father, a bit older, with their daughter in for lunch today. They met here on their return trip from Cape Cod for lunch. They were super nice and very fun to talk to about the Cape and New Hampshire and life in general. JJ was their server and she told me that the father kept apologizing to the two ladies, wife and daughter, for having to help him with every part of his meal. He was frustrated with how age had taken a hold of him and he knew the ladies didn’t mind helping him but was still upset he couldn’t do everything himself. The two ladies just reassured him it was nothing big and they were here for him. It was amazing to see and brought a tear to JJ’s eye. I gave them a gift card for a future visit, the next time they meet here, and a Pay It Forward. They were very thankful and couldn’t stop smiling.
Tricia informed me that she noticed that every holiday weekend the same gentleman comes in an buys 2 T-bones for his neighbors who happen to be vets! How could I not RAK him for PIF! We need more neighbors like him!
A very nice lady came in for lunch today expecting to meet up with a friend. She was sat and had ordered both their meals while waiting for the other person to join. As her server, Lucy, was talking to her she got an unexpected call from her friend saying she was unable to make it. She proceeded to tell Lucy that this isn’t the first time this has happened to her and she would just take the other meal to go. Lucy didn’t have the heart to make her pay for both and let me in on the situation, explaining how sweet this lady was. I decided to RAK her and pick up both lunches. As I was sitting at the table chatting with her and explain how to pay it forward she said “I guess this is a great birthday after all!”. I was so excited to be able to turn around her day and sent her home with a slice of Chocolate Dream Cake as well!
Had a nice middle aged couple come in today from Virginia. They were saying to their server, Emma, how everything was wonderful here and how glad they were that they chose to come here for lunch. Emma then asked if they have ever dined with any other of our restaurants and they said it was their first time in New Hampshire! I was very excited to be able to welcome them and get to “wow” them on their first trip to our great state and thank them for picking us for lunch, so I picked up their entire tab and asked them to pay it forward! The were very pleased and said they will definitely make a trip back to New Hampshire to visit us!