Gratituesday: Southside Grille…Now Open for Business


Celebrate with us! Matt’s restaurant (aka Southside Grille) is now open!!!

I went in last week and took a few pictures. They (as in Evelyn, the head manager) have it decorated SO nicely!


grille1Isn’t it beautiful!?! 

Wow, what a lot of hard work getting it ready to open. And now that it’s open…wow, what a lot of hard work. Both Matt and Evelyn have been working a lot of hours the past few days. 

Matt’s been loving every minute of it.

I love that my husband loves his new job.  I can’t even begin to tell you how thankful I am and the joy I feel seeing how happy he is at his work.

Take Note:  Next Tuesday, December 29 will be the last Gratituesday of 2009. Please give thought to all the ways God has blessed you (during your happy and sorrowful times) during the year 2009. We’ll have a special Gratituesday next week celebrating the joys of 2009! Please plan to join us!!

What are you grateful for this Gratituesday? Write about it on your blog, then come link up with us here. Don’t have a blog? Please leave a comment letting us know what you’re grateful for!


  1. says

    Wow! The restaurant looks amazing! Congratulations on this next leg of your journey! It’s so wonderful to see our husbands being able to be filled with joy and excitement about their job, isn’t it?


  2. says

    I didn’t do an actual Gratituesday post today, but still wanted to comment. How exciting that it’s open! It looks so nice and obviously a lot of planning went into the whole thing. Best wishes on this new venture and Merry Christmas to all of you!


  3. says

    My guess is I’m not near to partake of such a great looking place. I’m glad your husband loves his job. If one loves their work, it isn’t work–it’s a joy.


  4. elaine says

    Ah! Sure wish we lived closer and could come eat at the diner – it is beautiful.
    I have a Gratituesday to share … our 25th wedding anniversary party was this past Saturday. We had tried every way possible to schedule it so our oldest daughter (Katie, 21) could be here but there was just no way. My sister was trying to find a way to Skype her in but that seemed even worse — having to talk to her and not be able to have her at the party. I was scolding myself for not being grateful that my family was throwing this beautiful party for us; that I have a wonderful husband; I have 3 other beautiful/wonderful children at the party, etc., etc., and all I could focus on was that one of my kids couldn’t be there. But, I just couldn’t help it – every time I would think about her not being able to be at the party it made me so sad. The last few days before the party it ramped up to the point that I could hardly talk about it without crying. I had even mentioned to Katie that I didn’t know if I could do the Skype thing without crying and I just wanted to prepare her … she even offered to scrap the whole thing if it would make me feel better. So, the day of the party arrives and I’m seeing friends I haven’t seen in *years* – it was wonderful! As it turns out, my sister and Katie couldn’t get Skype to work so Katie called about half-way through the party to wish us a Happy Anniversary. As we were talking she WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR!!!!! I nearly fell over. I had hoped beyond hope that somehow, someway we could get her home but never imagined she would actually be there. It was one of the most wonderful moments of my life. I have explained to my other children that it wasn’t that them being there wasn’t enough – it’s just that a mama hen likes ALL her chicks to come home to roost :) Later that evening I was thinking about how much my Heavenly Daddy loves me that He worked all of that out – just for me. Now I cry just thinking about that! Thanks for letting me share.


    Aline Reply:

    I know this is a really late reply but I loved your story!!
    God is so wonderful…


    elaine Reply:

    I’m glad you liked it! I re-read my story (looking for typos!) and it made me cry again!! I’m such a sap :) Have a great day!


    Aline Reply:

    i cried reading it too… :)

  5. says

    Hi Laura, I enjoy your blog and your recipes. They really help me trying to find healthy things for my kids to eat, especially my GFCF son Isaac.
    What a blessing for you and your family to have a restuaraunt~! It sounds so exciting. What a great oppurtunity for your kids to learn the ropes of having a business and working hard! God has certainly blessed you and your family!
    I will contnue to soak up your recipes and work them into our new year…we aim to eat healthier,
    Tara McMillan


  6. says

    WOW! That is so beautiful!! I would love to eat there! If I’m ever in the area-I will look it up! =)
    Keep us updated on how it goes-don’t be too humble!!!! =)


  7. says

    Laura, it is beautiful! Lord willing, in the spring we will be visiting NE and seeing friends in Bethany and Lincoln and then visiting my husband’s hometown of Hebron (world’s largest porch swing, ya know. lol). Might as well pop over to your town as well for a bite to eat! :)


  8. Loretta says

    The new restaurant looks so nice and I am sure the food is delicious. So glad that Matt is enjoying his new job. Hope you all will be able to get to Kansas for Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.


  9. says

    Laura, my brother told me that some of his co-workers stopped by when they had a construction job in York a few weeks ago and that they had a wonderful lunch!


  10. says

    Alright, I’m a little over a week late – but that goes along with living the “real life,” right. I had my post started, but never got around to finishing and posting – until tonight. And so, in addition to my stated Gratituesday gratefulness, I’m also grateful the post is finally on the blog :) Now to finish yesterday’s post.


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