There is nothing like community. Nothing like it. Family and friends all coming together to celebrate and enjoy the life we live here. That is exactly what the Backyard Restaurant celebrates.
Over the past three years we have opened and closed a restaurant in our backyard in one day. With our limited knowledge of the restaurant business, we organize the best we can over the summer and let the community jump in and fill in the gaps for the one-day debut. The kids do something they don’t get to do very often, wait tables and make tips. And I watch people laugh and stress all at the same time in only the way restaurant life can; the pancakes aren’t coming out right, we need three tacos on the fly to get Scarlett out of the weeds, 3 grilled paninis are dying in the window; we need a runner! Not to mention with 150 people arriving this year, we needed to learn to turn tables.
The mission of our new not-for-profit, Souper Heroes, is to have fun with food and community while providing for those who don’t have enough of either. The Keels Backyard Restaurant embodies this at its core. We did have fun and we provided a bit too. Over $900 raised for Neighborhood Services Inc. so they could provide school supplies to those in need.
Enjoy this video that gives you a complete look at what these kids accomplished. And we can’t wait to open up next year. We should have the place cleaned up just in time.