Its was a girls lunch out with Grandma! They enjoy T-bones on a weekly basis, and were excited to pay it forward. Lunch was on us.
Tonight’s RAK in Salem went to Brian, a 8 year old boy who jumped up to help a table of older women by opening the door for them. I bought him a brownie sundae, and when I gave him the RAK certificate he could not wait to give it to his teacher tomorrow because she has been helping him “do math”. The family left before I could grab my phone, but he had said they would be back next week so I hope to get a photo then. – Mike Columbare
Tonight we had a couple, Simone and Joe (Really Robert – but everyone calls him Joe), in celebrating a milestone. Joe has cancer and has battling it for a couple of years now since his diagnosis. A little over a year ago in February – Joe experience seizures, again in March and his last one, May 5th of 2014. Since then he has been good. They came out tonight to celebrate 1 year seizure free. They were both thrilled I was picking up their appetizer. We ended up chatting for about 15 minutes and they are both THRILLED to be heading out in the next couple of days to pay it forward. Unfortunately they didn’t want their pictures taken but they are going to tell me who they picked out and why! Looking forward to it! – Denis Brunelle
My RAK today was given to this fine looking trio joining us for a birthday lunch on the terrace. To the left is Pete (it was his birthday), Kathy, and William. We ended up talking a little about the book Pay It Forward by Catherine Rand Hyde. Turns out all 3 of them work for NH1 News. I made all their lunches a little sweeter by taking care of dessert for the table. – Matthew Phipps
Cinco de Mayo at CJ’s… Today’s RAK went to a couple of Tuesday regulars, Dawn and Irene, who come in to see Marci almost weekly. Before I went over to deliver my random act, I put on 2 of our Cinco de Mayo shirts. After explaining that I was buying their lunch in hopes that they would take the certificate and pay it forward, I added a little bonus by giving them the shirts off my back… I wanted to a little above and beyond on Cinco and we didn’t disappoint (they even asked for my dress shirt!). It was great to see them so excited by a small gesture and to pay it forward to someone else. – Josh Bruno
Laconia’s RAK tonight went out to an elderly gentleman who came out to dinner alone. He sat in the lounge with Nikki and she came down to find me saying that she thinks he really should be our RAK this evening. I took care of his dinner and explained the promotion that we were running. He was very grateful and excited to give away the G.C. – Lori Haney
Todays RAK went to the two Aunts, they have been coming in since we opened and are 2 of the sweetest people that you will every meet. They were absolutely floored and surprised that we did this but they are more excited to Pay it Forward.I’m sure that there are a lot of people that work for the company that will recognize them. I did buy them lunch. – Rebecca Lemay
The woman on the right next to our cocktail server was our recipient of a Random Act of Kindness today. We decided that it would be the first person to order a margarita (Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!!) I explained that we had taken off her and her friends lunch today as our random act of kindness and went over the Pay It Forward portion. Poor woman started to cry! Apparently, her husband has passed away in the past year and her friend took her here for lunch to help her celebrate her husbands birthday (today) I don’t know that I could possibly explain how moved she was by the whole thing. She was touched, impressed, and already discussing ideas on how she would give her Pay It Forward certificate away!
Tonight, Josh & I talked and we decided that we wanted the RAK to go to our midnight regulars Marty & Patty. Marty & Patty are originally from New Jersey (as he is sure to remind you multiple times per visit) and started coming to CJ’s when they were visiting family here about 2 years ago. Recently they have made NH their home and they come by to visit us between 4-6 times a week but never before midnight. Marty always tries the soup of the day and loves the variety we serve. We as a management team look forward to reading the comments that he leaves for us at the meeting as they are almost always accompanied by some sort of joke or anecdote. Tonight we picked up their whole tab as a thank you for being such wonderful guests. Marty was definitely grateful and can not wait to pay it forward tomorrow. I am sure we will be hearing all about it 🙂 – Amanda Mudgett
OK – I know I already did one – but HAD to do another. This is Rhonda and Victor – they are regulars at our bar and Rhonda just received a text that her daughter in Washington state was in labor with her first child – Rhonda’s FIRST grandchild! She was in tears with excitement over just the text. Then I come over to take care of their meals – and the tears flowed again! She loves what we are doing and will be looking to pay it forward before heading out to Washington next Tuesday! – Denis Brunelle