Breakfast just happens to be my favorite meal of the day. As a result, it is an absolute privilege to be able to partake of some GOOD food in the morning ya'll. What I want to talk to you all about today is the small but powerful discovery I made a while ago...
Suffice it to say that I love breakfast and have even been known to enjoy breakfast for dinner. But on to my discovery. The Clayton First Watch restaurant. I love this place. The FW was about 35 minutes from my home until I moved earlier this year.
I love the atmosphere here. The staff is super friendly and worm. They are inviting and they had one feature there in Clayton that no other St. Louis FW had. The Community Table. I LOVE the Community Table just as much as I love the restaurant.
There are a few things I find cool about the Community Table.
It's first come, first serve. Brilliant!
Hey, I know I'm by myself, does everyone else have to know?.... Marsha....party of one. Marsha, party of one?"
This can totally be avoided when dining at the community table.
Next, it's fast. You don't usually have to wait very long before you're enjoying your food. If there is an open seat, snag it!
Last, and to me the best part. The opportunity to converse with someone increases exponentially. We were created to be in fellowship with one another and we are at our best selves when we are reflected in one another. The Community Table serves a wonderful purpose. And that purpose is building connections or a community for lack of a better word. Hence, the Community Table. See what I did there? Clever right.
Did I say that I LOVE the community table?
I've met the wife of the new St. Louis Symphony conductor, when she just about 9 months pregnant. I remember asking her, what she had on tap for that Sunday. Her reply, "Hopefully, having this baby! LOL!
I've met triathletes, a diamond jeweler, a young couples newly married and long time St. Louis residents who were willing to share their precious St. Louis memories with a stranger. Interestingly, the diners at the community table seem to be regulars like me, so we got to know each other and look forward to seeing each other. If just to share a meal.
The young married couple had a baby last year and graduated from the Community table. They were a lovely couple but it was neat to see weekly or monthly updates on her pregnancy and then to see the baby grow into now a toddler.
I was once even invited to a birthday party. Whatttt! We had such a good conversation that she invited. I went and had a great time.
One more time...I LOVE the community table.
Now, the original table sat about 6, was a round high top, wooden table. It was tucked a bit away and around the corner to the right of the entrance. You didn't immediately know that it was there when you walked into the restaurant.
Well, sometime ago, the restaurant remodeled and changed to this chic, eclectic farm decor.
I was immediately turned off, it seemed noisier and busier. Lot's of hustle and bustle. You know most folks hate change. I feel into this bucket for a little bit. The worst of it all was that the community table had been relocated to the main dinning area. It was still a high top but now it was a long rectangle table. Not really conducive for striking up conversations either. And it always seemed to be packed. plus, the table faced the dining room. It was not very intimate. Rats! My secret was out.
My once inviting singles oasis, was no more. What's the point really, in driving 35 minutes on Sunday mornings to still feel like I was eating by myself and I had to wait for it? Eh?
So, I stopped coming. I missed it. I still loved the food, so I would go to the FW closer to me. Btw, the Clayton FW is the only one in St. Louis with a community table. At, least that I know of.
So, on a whim I decided to have breakfast this morning at the CFW and imagine my surprise to now find two community tables instead of one long table. They have also been re-positioned, so it feels a bit more intimate, less like you're on display for the diners who HAVE a plus one.
Ultimately, it was a good design choice and one that just might make me resume my Sunday morning ritual. So while I sit here enjoying my Blueberry pancakes at a "regular" table just for one. I am encouraged and happy to think about who I might meet next. I encourage you to not forget to connect and build your own "community" You might just find yourself in pleasant conversation with a beautiful stranger.
Peace, love and happiness,
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I'm Marsha: former corporate manger and now semi full-time blogger. I'm single and I live in St. Louis. Favorite things include my 2008 VW EOS Convertible, Tall Mocha Lattes and the color blue.