The Gift that is Still Giving

by Inie on March 8, 2014

In true Inez fashion, I am extremely late in writing this thank you note.

My Nana once told me she didn’t give gifts to children who didn’t write her a thank you letter.  Because of those words, I used to be the most diligent letter writer ever because I was so afraid I would be left out the following Christmas or birthday.

I must admit, however, the older I become, the harder it is to find the right words to write my friends and family letters to show the gratitude for their gifts.  So please forgive me On the Square for taking so long to tell you how grateful we are for our incredible Christmas gift.  I know it is beyond overdue.

Stephen and I recently went to a wine luncheon in Raleigh where Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Patterson of Frasca Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado shared their incredible wines and delicious food.

While talking to Bobby, he mentioned that they could never duplicate their restaurant Frasca because of the people who work there.  He called his sommelier and servers the “terroir” of Frasca, and because of them, they could never have another one that would be as the same.

I have meditated on that statement for over four days now, and I believe that to be the same reason On the Square would never be able to open in another place with the same results.

The people who work with us are most certainly the reason we are able to succeed.  They bring so much to the game, and they are strong team players all over the court.  Because of our servers, our dishwashers, our cooks, our managers, our bartender and everyone in between, we cannot duplicate what we have in downtown Tarboro.

All of these people who work so hard to make sure On the Square is a wonderful place for food, service, wine and drink come together every year to generously give us a Christmas gift.

Of course, their gifts have been given to us year round when they show up for work and give their time and talents to our guests, but they continue to go over the top and give us lavish gifts each and every December.

From Rosetta Stone to a Keurig coffee maker to the refurnishing of our restaurant bathrooms, they have given us far more than we could ever deserve.  Just when we think they cannot give us a more thoughtful gift, we are surprised once again by their unbelievable generosity.

This past December, the crew at On the Square gave Stephen and me a week in Charleston with dates set in stone (so no procrastinating) as well as gift certificates to restaurants in the area.

For us, it was the ultimate gift.  An entire week of eating, drinking and sleeping with no stress, no worries, no cares.  I have to believe it was a gift to the people of On the Square as well who had an entire week of no freaking out, no yelling, no harassing.

As Stephen and I drove to Charleston on that beautiful Sunday morning, we realized it was the first time the two of us had gone on a vacation alone since our honeymoon.

That in itself is an amazing gift.  We had the best time just being together, laughing, getting ideas on food, service and cocktails, walking around a gorgeous city and enjoying life.  It was, my friends, a gift that is still giving me wonderful memories.

On Tuesday, at that same luncheon in Raleigh, Bobby Stuckey told us how every other year he shuts down the restaurant and he takes his entire staff to Friuli for a week to enjoy the region and understand the food and the wine culture.

I smiled to myself thinking about how our staff did the same thing for Stephen and me.

Thank you all for giving so generously and so freely.  Stephen and I both are forever grateful for all of the gifts you give us every single day.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Frances Liverman March 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

this gift was given to two most deserving people I know. thank you for all you do for us all year long. love you

Jessica March 9, 2014 at 3:50 am

Even with the harassment and yelling- you guys are awesome to work for and deserve the very best! I have so many memories that consist of my work nights at OTS, especially of when those LAST guests left and we all were able to enjoy a beverage (or few)! Roy and I often discuss owning our own bar with a small (but incredible) menu. Every discussion uses OTS as a reference. You guys have set the bar and deserve your success! Love you both (even if you almost fired me

Inie March 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

You make me happy. I love you so much, and I miss your smile and your voice every day.

Dr. Michael Scholtz April 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Inez,

My wife are so grateful to you and Stephen for your dedication and plain ol hard work in bringing us such a wonderful and delightful venue for food and drink. OTS is our “go to” restaurant within 40 miles of a Greenville. Keep smiling knowing you have many that not only appreciate what you bring to the area, but know also we love your being part of our lives here in the East.

Inie May 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Dear Dr. Scholtz,
Your post made my day. Thank you so much for your kind words. We love our restaurant, and while we are never perfect, we hope we will never quit trying. Much joy to you always, Inez

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