A Stellar Experience
I realize it’s not Salem… but it is local and small business.
A hunt for space junk brought us to the heart of Independence. Our collateral experience made for great food and an encounter of the restaurateurial kind.
The service was sweet, the atmosphere cozy. The food was well presented, fresh and delicious.
And then… Roger asked if we could speak with the owner. I admit… I was disappointed.
Noooo! I thought. We need to get back to work. We don’t have time for introductions and conversation! With food for fuel on board… I was ready for one of two things… either the next round of craziness at the restaurant or a nap in the truck on the ride back to Salem.
A short time later… Owners, Jorge and Maria graciously broke away from their work for a visit. Our meeting was truly a pleasure.
Time spent with fellow restaurateurs is a little like informal group therapy. You can just see it in the eyes… beyond casual conversations… that we can all relate… food and labor costs are killing you and training, to no avail, cuts deep.
Regardless… there is much to be thankful for.
Jorge and Maria at The Pink House remain… dedicated to their menu and determined not to fail. They are weathering the storm just as we are.
If we play it right… we will all come out of this chapter… better for the experience. It’s what we do must do as people… in business or not; assess by the minute, maneuver, adapt, morph and shift while giving others plenty of room to do the same. You may think it… but you’re never alone. Reach out. Share your thoughts, your faith, your hopes and dreams. Focus on your favorite things. Hang on. Let it go… and for “goodness” sake… find the funny.