Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

Working in the hospitality business for as long as my father and I have, I sometimes think I can no longer be amazed because we’ve seen it all, been through a lot and made it out alive somehow. However,  since opening up the restaurant we’re both thrown aback almost every single day. What makes it, for me, what really weaves it all together is the amazing sense of community we get to experience. Complete strangers sitting adjacent and exchanging great conversation. As simple and trivial as that may sound it’s something I definitely don’t take for granted.  I know for a fact that we have had guests who met for the first time at JJ’s and are now good friends and I take great joy in knowing that we at least had a tiny part in making that happen. We’ve connected with some amazing families and have seen their little toddlers grow up before our eyes…and making them smile is so much fun!

I remember the day when Ginger’s brother, Tate, found this really cool wooden sign at a yard sale and gave it to us as a gift. The sign read: Enter as strangers. Leave as friends. Couldn’t have put it a better way.  This sign, which we obviously hung up as soon as got it, drove home a core value we’ve always had.  It’s not just about providing great food and great service, but also about providing a great environment;  comfortable and inviting that allows you to block out everything else that’s going on in your life and just simply enjoy the company of those around you.

We’re certainly grateful for the strangers we’ve become friends with and hope many more of our guests leave as friends for years to come.

– Nelson.