For 23 years now, you have allowed us to be a part of your lives. Thank you. For 23 years, you have supported our little endeavor here on Livingston Avenue. We are not perfect, but we are unique. I like that about stand-alone small businesses. I like that with your support, Mark, Lou and I are able to do what we do here. There is a real community around these places and a lot of life events take place here. Some of you are new to the family and welcome.
Some of you started out supporting two young bartenders with an idea, who were too foolish to know they didn't really have enough money or experience to make it work. This is still a deeply personal business for me and Mark. We don't have any larger corporate entity setting standards or goals. We just try to make it great, make it a warm home away from home, make it a positive part of the community, and keep it fun, interesting, sometimes a little oddball and always delicious. None of that is possible without your ongoing, decades-long support.
I remember penning a Thanksgiving message in 2009 and 2010, when the whole country was in trouble and restaurant doors were closing in New Brunswick. I remember writing to you then about how great it was to have a community of patrons who helped us make sure that these two restaurants were not among them. Well, things have changed quite a bit and "gangbusters" is an apt description of our restaurants and the restaurant scene in New Brunswick today. It's a much happier and more secure place from which we write you today, but we're no less conscious of how we got here and no less grateful for it. Happy Thanksgiving.