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Friday First Impressions: Again and Again

30 Aug

“Whenever we have something that we are good at–something we care about–that experience and passion fundamentally change the nature of our first impressions.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
A sad/happy day, taking Matt to the airport at 4am for his early flight back to Chicago. Sad to see him go, but happy for the week he spent helping me move and get settled. Happy for all the lunches, dinners, and ice cream stops we shared, sad coming home without him.

Back to unpacking and the real world, back to visiting with my senior art group at Towne Creek. I stopped at the bank, and found yet another lucky feather at the base of the stairs.

At Towne Creek, we worked on more glass painting. I should have taken more pictures. Very cool stuff.

I stopped at Sweet Spot Bakery afterwards and visited with Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth. They are so sweet, really, We sat outside in the sun for a bit, while I waited for Linda Grossman (World’s greatest realtor), who was meeting me for dinner.

We couldn’t decide where to eat on the Square, but Linda suggested Amato’s Trattoria on Virginia. I was hesitant at first. I’d been there a year ago and was not impressed. But,we gave it another try, and I’m very pleased that we did.
The new owner, Rick Salcedo, was a charming gentleman who spent a lot of time chatting with his patrons. We talked about the previous business and the hopes and aspirations of the new establishment. Rick told us about the launch party of Lone Star Vodka that he sponsored, so of course, I had to share my recipe for chocolate ice cream Black Russians. I said he would have to name the drink after me. Linda had some great marketing tips for him, too. But, all-in-all, the food was delicious, and the cheesecake to die for.(Well, maybe just sit and rest for. It was huge.)

So, if you’ve been to the old Amato’s restaurant and were not more than pleased, your first impressions could have been stopping you from going back, especially if you didn’t know about the new owner and the new look. Now, Amato’s Trattoria, 216 E. Virginia St. On the Square is a fun, happening place for lunch or dinner. Give it another try. I will, again and again.