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”!