“True hospitality consists of giving the best of yourself to your guests.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
As I stepped into the restaurant, I was overjoyed with the excitement of expanding our family business. I stared at the walls, and I knew that Hudson and I had our work cut out for quite some time. Video games…skateboards… Legos…. We traded all of that in for a mop and broom to tidy the restaurant. It was a complete mess. There was dirt covering every inch of the floor, and the walls were covered in hideous floral wallpaper. Hudson was snatching the wallpaper off the walls from his perch on the ladder. Meanwhile, I was on sweeping duty. There was dust flying everywhere from that wallpaper that was, thankfully, being torn off the walls. The dust was allowing us to become a sneezing, snorting band of three. We were a wreck.
The walls turned out to be just the beginning. Dad handed me a bottle of Clorox, some gloves, a cloth, and a toilet brush and told me to get to work in the bathroom. The bathroom was even worse than the kitchen. The toilet had a nasty black ring on it and was as dry as the Sahara Desert. Dad came in and twisted several knobs, and the water rushed back in. I wiped out the sink, and I swept the floor carefully. Of course, there were dead bugs and dirt in every crack, corner, and crevice.
Ever since day one of the Renovation Revelation (credits go to Dad for the name), the restaurant has started to sparkle like a diamond. I believe that our restaurant, The Holy Hell Kitchen, will be as successful as our food truck, The Gospel Chick. We focus on customer service and radical southern hospitality. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “True hospitality consists of giving the best of yourself to your guests.” The Gospel Chick focuses on making sure our customers have the best possible experience. For example, we use only the freshest products available. Our herbs, such as thyme and rosemary come from our very own container garden. Our products are always fresh, for our valued customers. As for the radical southern hospitality, we always put forth our best manners and effort to satisfy you. We sell food that brings the south to you. We plan on being successful, by the grace of God. That is The Gospel Chick & The Holy Hell Kitchen’s promise to you, radical southern hospitality and superior customer service, because we only serve our customers the best!
“Never start a business to make money, start a business to make a difference”
- Marie Forleo
As a mini chef, I know that there are different ingredients needed in any recipe. My family is obtaining the ingredients required to ensure that I am able to make a difference in my community. I want to carry out the true meaning of our family business because it is my responsibility to shine. Like Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
I make a difference in this world by serving our customers with a smile. This smile can change someone’s spirit if they have lost a loved one during this pandemic. We serve the freshest products possible because we hope that our products will give your health a boost. It’s important for us to give and carry our very best. Also, we bring customers Southern hospitality. As you may have heard me say, our family business, It’s the Gospel!
Marie Forleo once stated, “Never start a business to make money, start a business to make a difference.” As a family, we are working to develop a new generation of leaders. We are making a difference by creating a new place in our community where ALL people can come and eat. No matter what you look like or where you live—we invite you to come down to The Holy Hell Kitchen. In the meantime, I will see you at The Gospel Chick!
Start with the end in mind. -Stephen R. Covey
Opening a food business is extremely difficult! If I can be frank, it's hard as hell! What makes this experience worthwhile? Simply put--my family! The Gospel Chick is certainly only in the infancy stage of operation, however, I keep the evolution of our enterprise as my primary consideration. I always try to extend my vision to include the mature result that I one day hope to fulfill. I know that one would think of the idea to consider and visioneer the conclusion of your business or organization as ridiculous. For me, not so much. One day, I hope to pass this company and brand down to my children and grandchildren. T.D. Jakes, famed author and pastor, eloquently shares in his book Soar, "knowing what you hope, envision, want and would like to happen is crucial to how you build your vision from the ground up.": This thought urges one to consider how they lay a foundation to build things.
As we move to build and expand the brand of The Gospel Chick to include The Holy Hell Kitchen, we were led to consider the community and people at the center of the brand. You might ask, "What about the food?" Food is our passion, however our obsession is offering Calvert and Southern Maryland community the best hospitality experience through our sharing of authentic southern cuisine. One of our new goals is to become a household brand in the Southern Maryland community. One of the greatest risks with this sort of thinking is that one must consider people over profit. While we are in business for profit, we are seeking to build a community that will gather, grow, and "go" with us on a journey that we believe is centered on faith.
When most people think of faith, they typically think of Christianity. Before I proceed more deeply into my thoughts about faith, it is important to clarify that we are not trying to push a Christian agenda in our brand or this blog. While we are Christians, I know some people tune out when they hear things centered around faith, particularly Christianity. I want to be cautious that our particular brand of faith doesn't stop someone who doesn't share our faith from hearing this message. I truly believe that whatever religion you subscribe to or practice (or even if you don't subscribe to one at all), we can all hear the voice of God inside us. So, if your God is recognized by the name of Jesus Christ, Allah, Buddha, or Krishna, it doesn't really matter to us! What matters most is that you are open and respectful to all around you--your community!
The faith we share as we open The Holy Hell Kitchen and expand The Gospel Chick footprint is simple. We are believing in a concept that we physically, tangibly, and fiscally can't source on our own. Yet, we are hopeful for a community of supporters and believers to birth a dream, share hope and sow love during the most unusual time in our world--a global pandemic. Business experts say the timing is not right, yet we believe the is time is always right! This is the faith that we stand on--and there is "no shame in our game." Whether it's physically or literally, we are called to feed one another. We choose to feed our community through Authentic Southern Cuisine, Radical Hospitality & Superior Customer Service. One of my favorite chefs, Todd Richards, stated that "food is a religion on its own." We are simply trying to be great preachers of the cuisine through the sharing of real food for real people--our neighbors and community! We invite you to consider "the end in mind" amid this pandemic - Friends, walk in faith, put both feet on the ground in the midst of the storm and walk boldly while maneuvering through unfamiliar territory! Let's faith it together! #itsthegospel #itsafamilyaffair