June 29, 2012
What a 45 minute wait! “Should we stay, should we go” says the inner conversation as the waiter walks near with a sizzling steak plate in hand. “Non-smoking table for two under Sharon,” seeped quickly out of mouth before I could catch it. The smell of good food lead my mind to make a decision all it’s own.
We were out and about on a Friday night in downtown Buckhead, GA looking for a place to rest our traveling feet, listen to some live music and grab a bite to eat. I had dined at the restaurant Tin Lizzy’s only once before and their secret recipe for their popular Guacamole, Cheese and Salsa Dip Trio left me wanting.
The music is turned up to a loud throb, the laughs in the atmosphere are instant and the service is superb but unscripted. I had long lost myself in the trio dips and conversation when the General Manger stopped at our table to check on our experience. It might have been the surprise in my eyes, the glaze in my gaze or just good old fashion customer service, but for the next 45 minutes this GM would go out of her way to make us feel special. She would delivered sample after sample and share story after story before I would zero in on what was so special about my experience.
I had just been waited on by the GM, that started years ago as a server, worked her way up to bartender and then to GM. She would go on to tell me how the owners believed in her and trained her from the bottom up. She had moved to Atlanta after studying journalism with a dream and found an even more stunning reality. Although she herself is a writer, her story of dedication and drive would give me a place to gather inspiration.
She would end the night by reciting the slogan that the owner would say many times during her training. He would tell her to think of Tin Lizzy’s a the place where friends serve friends at their home away from home. Wait! That’s what it is, the feeling I told you that I would zero in on; the GM, former waitress would be successful again, as she had made us feel that we ourselves had just dined with a friend.
I left that night with a great experience, a blog entry and several coupons to return. One of you lucky Blog Readers will be receiving on of these coupons. Share a brief inspiring comment about a stranger that inspired you to think, do, write or react. If I can draw inspiration from your comment and create a blog entry from it, you can have lunch or dinner at Tin Lizzy’s on me, with the help of my new GM friend.
Tomorrow’s post: Break Out!
Read. Post. Facebook. Tweet. Share. Return. There truly is a message behind the messenger.
This has been Sharon Saffold blogging on purpose and not by chance because chances are, I will blog again.