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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Caught Being Good.

Because I so often seem to share the negative, or not so good things that I run into with various companies. I just have to share my most recent feel-good situation that happened on our anniversary.

J had made reservations at PF Changs, which is currently just about my favorite restaurant and a frequent date night place for us. When he made the reservation he told the manager (who took the reservation) that it was our five year anniversary.

Little did he know that she would take that and run with it.

When we arrived, Rachel, the manager, showed us to our table which was in the corner and had a bouquet of beautiful flowers and chocolates shaped in a heart around the vase. How sweet, I thought.

But that wasn't it.

As Rachel handed us our menus, she told us that the night was on her.

"What?" I just about screamed.

She wasn't kidding. She told us to get our drinks, an appetizer, our meals and that we had to get dessert and that our evening was covered. She was just so glad that we were there for our anniversary (and was a true romantic at heart.)

J and I could not even believe it and both of us thought we would be modest and order on the lighter side. But Rachel continued to stop by the table making sure we got drinks. Making sure we ordered lettuce wraps and when we were finished with our entrees and telling our waiter, no dessert, she was right there telling us that we just had to have dessert.

J had no idea what she had planned for the evening and it was awesome. Special that she went out of her way with flowers and chocolates and even above and beyond by comping our evening.

(We did, in case you're wondering, still leave a very generous tip for our server.)

Because I'm quite sure PF Changs didn't get anything out of it by doing this the entire evening was proof that some people (and companies) are still kind at heart.

Thanks again Rachel, and PF Changs.

We had an awesome anniversary dinner and will be back (with friends) very soon. (Next weekend to be exact.)

So, has anything like this ever happened to you?


Blogger bethandnate said...

Wow! What an incredible story! I'm glad you and J had such a great anniversary and now you make me want to go eat there very soon!

April 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Michael-Sarah-Greta-Calla said...

i LOVE this story! so good to hear that nice things still happen! ps- love maddy's story about your family too- does not get cuter then that!

April 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Coma Girl said...

That is REALLY nice of them!

I used to work in a corporate (chain) restuarant and they do have room in their budget for these types of comps, but it's usually reserved for people who complain.

I would definitely write a letter to their home office - they love stuff like that.

Glad you enjoyed your night out!

April 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Cyndy said...

That is awesome! Mike and I ate at the Capital Grille downtown Minneapolis. Mike told them it was our 1st anniversary and we were treated like celebrities. We were sat at a nice table by the kitchen which was cool...but the manager came running over apologizing for the horrible table on our anniversary, moved us and bought us dessert and a bottle of champagne! Sounds like you had a fantastic anniversary and super service!

April 30, 2009 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Such a cute story and it is nice to see that people still go out of their way to make someone else have a perfect night. This has set the bar pretty high for my first anniversary coming up!!

May 1, 2009 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

S, this is so cool!

Our "nice" story has to do with where Anne and Jed had their wedding reception. We got to know the manager, Nick, pretty well through the planning season. Now when we come in, he still makes us feel like special guests by bringing us complimentary things like a bottle of Greek "beverage", an appetizer or a dessert.

Cheers to these good folks for knowing how to go that extra mile@

May 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger darcie said...

Wow! How awesome! Happy five year anniversary to you guys! (Ours is in two weeks! Maybe we'll go to PF Changs! HA HA HA!)

So very nice to see the kindness in people isn't it?

May 6, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

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