It was a wonderful way to close out this last week in 2010, inviting everyone present to put their thinking caps on and participate in this fantastic night. That along with tonight's Open Mic Night (now in session!!), and tomorrow night's dance party with DJ Mr. Wil, are sure to make us all look forward to an even better 2011.
If ever there was a need to say thank you, it is right now. Pete and I have definitely put our hearts and souls (oh...so trite...but it's absolutely true) into The National Hotel. But so has this grand old building reciprocated a thousand times over. There isn't a day that Pete doesn't come home after closing up, that he doesn't share stories about our patrons--from jokes they tell, to the history they share, to the fun they have. And there hasn't been a moment when I have been there, that I don't encounter someone who brightens my day with conversation, moments shared, memories recalled.
Our daughters are blessed to also be a part of this establishment, as everything that we build will eventually be theirs. And they LOVE being there. It's such a joy to see them interact with our staff, kid around, feel at home, and all the while still understand that it's the customers who are at the center of this business. Our girls come with us shopping for the best quality ingredients, listen to our conversations and planning of future events, and have participated in creating a kids' menu that's sure to please...actually...truth be told, they created the menu. The credit goes to them.
So to you, your families, and your friends, Pete and I want to wish you the very best New Year's ever. May 2011 grant you much happiness, health, and continued success in all your endeavors. Happy, Happy New Year!!!!