On Tuesday, March 28, 2000
Jamin House Café held its Grand Opening at its new location in the Village on The Lake in
Marble Falls. As a result of donations received at the door, approximately $9,480 was
raised for the benefit of The Hill Country Advocacy Center and the Boys and
Girls Club of the Highland Lakes. Over 2,000 people were served a buffet of Fiery
Coconut Shrimp, Red Stripe Shrimp, Jerk Chicken & Ribs, Giant Calamari, Baked Salmon,
Rice & Beans and Salad.
Music was provided by John
Arthur Martinez, Mike Blakely, David Kaye and our friend Hobson Smith who drove
all the way from Houston for the event.
From an initial opening
date of January 15, 2000 we finally opened at the new location. Marble Falls time
and island time are now the same. "Soon come."
What really happened was
that we mailed out invitations to our members in late February and issued a press release
announcing the opening to ensure that the restaurant would finally be completed. Thanks to
Tom Ryan and David Templeton, the building owners, the deadline was met. But not before:
The Bluebonnet Ladies met
for their luncheon the week before and were showered with particles from the air
conditioning vents since it was turned on for the first time 5 minutes before their
The plumber disappeared
and our final inspection was the day of the opening.
Our walk-in cooler was
moved only to discover that the space in the plans was 14 inches off all the way around. A
dormer was built in the roof and we lost a third of the cooler space.
The stain for our
concrete floor was bought up by a builder in Houston, leaving us staining the floor the
day before the Grand Opening.
PEC requiring the palm
trees to be moved away from the electrical wires.
Our equipment vendor,
inspired by our restaurant and the advance deposit we had given him, took a Caribbean
cruise before the opening.
The air conditioning
systems being set on residential not commercial use.
- Ceiling fans going backwards, circuit
breakers popping, lights not dimming, toilets not flushing, pumps not pumping, pipes
leaking, shelves collapsing, doors not closing, drains not draining, carpenters in Mexico,
electricians skiing in Colorado, paint spattering, egos straining
how will it ever
Cooking fresh food for
2,000 without any idea who was going to show up.
Wondering why we left the
Wondering why we left
that little strip mall.
There are many people,
without whom we would never have been able to open this restaurant, especially our staff
headed by Damon Harris and Elizabeth Montoya. But during the last two weeks a special
thanks should go to:
Ricky Toungate, owner
of Air Rescue, who installed all of our air conditioning and refrigeration systems
and went the extra mile to ensure our meeting the deadline.
Cayce, owner of Agri Tek Landscaping & Irrigation, who designed and
completed our landscaping in record time.
Ken Martin for all
the help he has given us in many ways.
Don Isham and his
crew of Isham Electric for the extra work and effort .
Grant St Claire for
designing a beautiful structure for Marble Falls.
Don Smith for his
artistic and practical skills.
Charles Smith, our
Tom Ryan & David
Templeton for believing in us enough to fund & watch over the project with T.L.C..
To all our customers
& friends who supported our opening with exotic bouquets, gifts, pictures,
plants & well wishes!
Rick Haley (Jah
Junior) for coming to the rescue for our final decorations.
Shaun & Kaci
Budnik(daughter & granddaughter) for flying in from Connecticut for moral support
Juanita Allen "Mom"
to the Jamin House staff for coming from Florida to, once again, "get the show on the
Terry Miller, from
Sysco, for helping with whatever needed to be done to get us open.
Wayne Neely for
being Wayne Neely.
for coming to the rescue by donating our new walk-in cooler.
Ken & the crew at
KP Liquors for always being there when we needed them and lending us our own Jack
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