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In 1992, Anna and I celebrated our first anniversary at a restaurant in San Diego’s Gas Lamp District. We chose this particular restaurant because my best friend at the time, Michael Lieberman, was the general manager. We didn’t have a lot of money to spend, but Michael pulled out all the stops; he suggested just the right dishes, poured a fabulous champagne, and didn’t just wait on our table. He entertained our humble anniversary party of two. He made us feel like VIPs, regulars, part of the family, in a restaurant that we saved our nickels to afford once a year.
It seems like every restaurateur can remember a moment like this one, when the food and drink and atmosphere of a restaurant were so perfect that, in the moment and in memory, the feeling of euphoria, of optimism, was palpable and persistent.
For the past 15 years, our catering business has aspired to that extraordinary service–like we encountered at Michael’s, like we encounter locally from great servers in Boise’s best restaurants. And now, in pursuit of the same goal, we have decided to expand our catering business into a full-service restaurant in the Owyhee—a place where, in celebration of any occasion, people can be overcome by great and familiar food and drink, can be overcome by simple human kindness.