Share the LOVE: What does it mean for Fred and me to Share the Love? Well, I could dive in to a myriad of meanings. Maybe it’s taking on our 6 spirited kids with a sliver of patience and a large slice of humility. Or is it working side by side every day for 9+ years without killing each other? It could also mean creating a local charity founded on the belief that ALL children should have access to an artistic education.
While we deeply appreciate all of these wonderful aspects of our life, we both feel that the impetus for our “success” has been our livelihood. We never realized that opening a simple lunch restaurant 9 years ago would change our lives so profoundly. Fred and I started out with the vision of living the American dream- running a small place with a few employees and serving a grass roots clientele. As soon as we opened our doors in 2004, we realized that we were sitting on something more special.
As word-of-mouth spread like wildfire about how good our food is, we started to get really crazy! We needed more staff to keep up, and there were more customers who wanted to experience what it was that made people talk so much. It was our soup.
Fred has a way with soup that not many other people do. He is able to invoke and balance flavors in a way that it is not merely good, but “Man! That’s good.” The secret is not an exotic spice, or even his onion chopping technique. Fred is able to translate his love into his creations. If you ask him, he’ll tell you that he’s just the Schlub in the kitchen and is the hardest worker in our whole operation. While chefs are notorious for their inflated egos, Fred is humbly led by his passion for good food. He is truly an artist.
I, on the other hand, love to be with people. Always have, always will. I also love color. And music. And my family. And really good food. I love to come to work every day (well, most mornings) and I feel so humbled and grateful that we are able share what we love with all of you.
I know that’s a lot of love, but we really are that passionate about our restaurant. Our evidence lies in our staff, who has all become family to us. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve worked with us for 8 years or 8 days- you’re in. Of course, we are a dysfunctional family, but we do love each other.
The most amazing discovery for me was the amount of family I have gained in our customers. We have been around long enough to see children grow; people get married, and some have passed on to greener pastures. The daily interactions I have with my community feed my soul. For me, it’s like getting a big, comforting hug from my mom.
I am so proud of what we have created and am amazed at the amount of Love that flows through our door each and every day. Thank you for being a part of our journey thus far and we hope to see you soon.