Two of our best friends were married on Saturday in a beautiful ceremony at Santillane in Fincastle.
The wedding may have been perfect, but the couple was in a nightmarish situation the day before. Because of Thursday’s storm and subsequent power outages around the area, they had to scramble at the last minute to find a new location for their rehearsal dinner for 60 people on Friday night.
The rehearsal dinner was originally planned to occur at Montano’s. Unfortunately, for the second time in a year, Montano’s fared particularly badly in the aftermath of a storm. You may recall that the owner lost $12,000 to $14,000 after the derecho last year. They lost power again because of Thursday’s storm and had no way to accommodate our friends’ party.
On Friday morning, I got a call from my friend and helped him brainstorm ideas for where they could quickly move the dinner. I even suggested (half joking) that he take everybody to the Salem Red Sox game and buy them a hot dog. Fortunately, someone else was already working to find a better solution to the problem.
A short time later, my pals received a call from Montano’s. The folks at Montano’s had called Luigi’s, a competing restaurant on Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke, and arranged to have the dinner held there. Montano’s even helped our friends come up with a menu for the evening that could be prepared by the chefs at Luigi’s and threw in a large chocolate sheet cake decorated with a congratulatory message.
Obviously, Luigi’s was happy to have the business and the dinner was a huge success. I’m sure Montano’s was also hoping to retain the business of my friends and all their rehearsal dinner guests, so even though they lost the dinner they had a vested interest in helping to find a new location.
Still, my friends were very touched that the folks at Montano’s went out of their way to move the dinner to another restaurant while also dealing with the food loss concerns and other worries from the power outage.
Nobody at Luigi’s or Montano’s knows I planned to write this blog entry, but I felt it was a pretty nice example of how our local businesses worked together in a time of crisis.
They say every wedding has at least one snafu. What was yours?