I’ve really had to sort out what my intention is behind opening The Pinewood Store & Kitchen. I’d always whispered, “I’d like to have a restaurant where I could eat.”
But, in all honesty having a restaurant scared the shadoobie out of me. The hours, the grind, the expense and of course the fear of failure.
I’ve been asked, “Why are you opening your first restaurant like THIS out there? Why don’t you do it in Nashville? I’ve been told if I were doing this in downtown Nashville it would be better received. However, out there NO WAY.
My response is always the same, “Because out there matters.”
The last few weeks I’ve lived in my head with this. Struggling with the HOW. The Good Lawd knows living in my head with anything is a MESS. ‘Cause it’s the land of WHAT IF – the great question that leads us down the rabbit hole of darkness & fear. How I’ve been staying out of that rabbit hole is by trying to get as close to my heart as possible & for me, that means as close to GOD. The two are not separate nor do they carry a label of religion or dogma – just love, just clean goodness.
There in that deep down place what I want is for my community to like the food, to feel good when they walk in the door & for everyone to feel safe enough to try something new, something different, something old school classic, that someone CARES about OUR Wellness & to feel a sense of pride that The Pinewood Store & Kitchen is in THEIR neighborhood. This is how I will judge our success. #IWalkWithThem #WeWalkTogether A Community That Cooks Together Gets Well Together. #AChefsResponsibility
Yesterday, I was running recipes and prepping for Fridays soft opening. A group of cowboys walked in and asked what I was making. I told them Falafel Burgers.
One guy asked, (in a southern accent) “Full On Awful? what’s that? I’ll take it!”
Before I knew it we were SOLD OUT of Falafel Burgers. I took a step back, looked up to see with an outside eye. These big old men clad in overalls having a full on plant based meal. They were ALL trying something NEW and loving it!
I heard with clarity, my deep down inside GOD voice said, “Shawty..Keep On Keeping On. #YouGotThis.”