It was a quiet Monday morning, with no sound from the restaurant.
But then, as I was leaving the door, a few of the patrons started to leave.
They wanted to take photos with their phones.
I didn’t want to let them leave without seeing them.
So I asked them to take a photo.
Then I turned the lights off.
And I said, “It’s not over yet.”
I don’t know what it’s going to be like for the owners.
But we are going to keep working.
We are going back to the kitchen.
And we will be back.
I’m a fan of Stevies.
I’m also a fan, I guess, of the restaurant’s name.
I remember a time when they opened their doors in a small place on the south side of the city and it was a place that was so small that it was almost unrecognizable to the rest of town.
And so I remember the day they opened in a tiny space.
I just remember that it felt like the city that was just down the street, the restaurant, the bar, and the place that everybody was in.
So I think, for me, when we open in a new neighborhood, it’s important to keep that spirit alive.
We will have that spirit.
I know that the community will be supportive, too.
We’re going to make it as great as it can be.
I think that’s what I want to do.
What are you working on next?
Right now, we’re working on a new concept for the bar.
We’ve got a couple ideas that we have to get into the right balance, so that we can do something that we love, something that is authentic to the neighborhood and not take it from the city, from the surrounding neighborhoods.
And that will be the bar and restaurant concept.
I’ll be working with our design team to come up with the right mix of the flavors, and also the menu.
And then we’ll figure out how to build out the space and make sure that it’s functional.
And when we do that, we’ll be back to serving the neighborhood.
As for Stevy Wonder, I love that place.
I’ve been coming here for years.
But this is the first time, I think in a long time, that I’ve seen it in a way that was authentic and just in the right spot for the neighborhood, so we can continue to serve it.
Thank you so much, Stevyn, for joining us.
You can follow Stevly on Twitter at @StevynWonder.