Yesterday we had a young man come in and order just a bowl of chili. Our hostess, Lisa, said all he’s ordered is a bowl of chili. He’s a super young smiling cadet can we do something? Of course!! We thanked him for his service and said enjoy your lunch. He was ever so grateful. It was obviously a small check and little loss to us but he was so happy about it. He gave us the most genuine “thank you for your support” and said “I promise to pass this along” (RAK GC). It made my hostess so proud to be able to do something nice for someone else. Her day hadn’t started out so well and this turned it around so an extra bonus to give someone else an unexpected reminder of the power of kindness 🙂
Seeing a bright shining smiley woman 100 years young should give anyone a sense of awe. Surrounded by her immediate family and crowned with a princess tiara, she wanted to celebrate her birthday at T-BONES with our exceptional seafood and ordered one of our delicious Haddock meals. When Tina, their server, said take a look at Table 42, she’s celebrating her 100th birthday can we RAK them, I said “FOR SURE”. The family thanked me and Tina and said they love coming into our restaurants. We hope to see them again soon.
We’ve seen prom proposals, marriage proposals, anniversaries, mourning, birthday parties, bridal parties, and baby showers but today we saw a wedding. We knew we had a large party in the books for 12 o’clock but when they gathered and stood up to share their vows with our guests here at Derry T-BONES we were quite surprised. Of course an event like that brings us to our generous nature to offer a gift card for the newlyweds to enjoy dinner on us for their next visit as husband and wife and also gave them their first joint task; to provide a Random Act of Kindness.
Great restaurants are often run by great people. Run by a family driven woman and named for her oldest daughter, Talia’s is no exception. I’ve heard great remarks about what a wonderful person she is. Decorated with family photos of her beautiful girls, she is always hands on in her store, friendly, and hard working. We wanted to share the love and show our support of another great restaurant. She was blown away, super appreciative and she looks forward to Paying it Forward.
The other day we had a couple dining and celebrating their life together. These two have been loyal patrons of Derry for years!!!! They enjoyed each other’s company for quite some time and loved to share with the staff how they were celebrating 50 wonderful years together. So we gave them a $50 Gift Card and asked them to come back to share more stories. They hugged me, their server, and Maria our hostess, whom over the years has become friendly with them. At more than 70 years old it was adorable to watch them leave holding hands as he escorted his wife to the car.
Today my hostess Olivia asked if we could show our support to a local serviceman home to visit his fiancee. He had just finished his schooling and is currently stationed but home to visit and spend time with his fiancee. We thanked him for his service, took care of their meals, and asked them to Pay it Forward. They were grateful and left with big smiles, happy to provide someone a Random Act of Kindness.
The other night we had a family dine with us. The parents live on the coast and were visiting. Not long into their dinner course the dad/grandfather began to choke. A nearby table took notice and jumped to his aid. Despite apparently purging what was stuck, the gentlemen was uncomfortable so he began walking away. The man that intervened happened to be an officer and escorted him outside where he laid him down after becoming visibly short of breath, losing a moment of consciousness, and kept him safe while we waited for EMS to arrive. It wasn’t until he was on the ambulance that he joined his family and finished dining. The family was so grateful that they wanted to buy his family’s dinner. Instead, we took care of the them ourselves and thanked him for being so alert, responsive, and selfless. They humbly accepted the offer and will absolutely keep moving kindness forward with their RAK certificate.
There is a substitute teacher from Pinkerton that was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Some of the students had set up a Go Fund Me page and it received a ton of support, so much that the Eagle Tribune picked up their story. From there, Channel 9 picked up the story and they were overwhelmed with the amount of community support they had received and greatly appreciated it as his wife needed a major surgery of her own. Some of the young employees recognized him when he and his wife came in to dine and approached me to do something nice for him. He was brought to tears and emotional at the level of care his “kids” had for him. His motto when he started teaching was if he showed them respect they would show it in return and he was certainly correct in that theory as they have continued to offer it and show their love for this man and his family. They left holding hands thanking us tremendously and said they will make sure they Pay it Forward.
We had two tables dining next to each other, an older couple and a younger couple that chit chatted throughout their dining experience. They enjoyed each other’s company, shared stories and kept conversation from drinks to dessert. They happened to be seated at the same time. The older gentlemen flagged their server down, Myranda, and asked to discreetly pay their tab. Myranda loved how they were so friendly to each other and awe inspired to see total strangers befriend each other so effortlessly. So of course, we wanted to keep the good vibes flowing. The older couple dines regularly so we gave them a pay it forward certificate and a gift certificate which they plan to also gift to someone. They said they of course didn’t expect anything in return but will gladly help keep the random acts of kindness alive
We have a lounge regular that is a family member to one of our hosts. His family was in the other day and shared with one of our cocktail servers that they had just come from the hospital. They had been visiting Bill all day. He recently was moved to Beth Israel to have open heart surgery but it was delayed in the hopes of getting him stronger and better equipped to have a successful surgery. Many family members had joined the family after visiting and wanted to of course dine in their family favorite spot. Derry T-Bones. When they were winding down I went over to offer my condolences and support in hopes of Bill having a full recovery. We offered a gift certificate so they could all join us when Bill was ready and wanting his favorite meals again….or food from his favorite place but with some diet restrictions. They were grateful and we hope to hear soon how this week’s surgery went. I suggested dispersing the RAK cert. at one of the local hopitals or doctor’s offices as we have a lot of clientel from local offices. Either way, they were very pleased to know we were rooting for Bill and keeping him in our thoughts through this diffcult time.