WELCOME to Chill. Please know that you are part of our Americana dream that is coming true, right here and now. It’s because of you that we are still here. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. This business started back in January 2011 down the street as a little coffee shop called Steam.” With a used Craigslist espresso machine, a couple of butane stove burners, auction furnishings, Kahwa coffee and crazy popular muffins this new life began. Within weeks Steam started serving full breakfast and within a few months Chill opened for dinner in the adjoining space.
Somewhat accidental restauranteurs, our family was often in awe of the business growth. The magic
ingredient of Grace AND at least a million hours of blood, sweat & tears had catapulted us into one of the toughest businesses ever. A small business. A restaurant. (yikes)
Looking back over the past 8+ years, this has been one helluva journey! Voted 2012 Business of the Year, Chill has had our share of mountain tops & heartbreaks. Isn’t that the American Dream? To overcome obstacles, persevere, and recommit each day to becoming our best. Ruthie says that for her, the experience of Chill has been a passionate love affair with food, flavors, hospitality, customers, friends & an ever growing spirit of learning andgrowing. We truly have the sincerest desire to serve you the very best food we are capable of purchasing and preparing. We strive our best to live this out each day.
The past several years have been filled with enormous challenges. Moving the restaurant, battling the complicated cancer of one of our kids, a long and painful divorce, chef turnovers and a few heartbreaking disappointments… If you have been to Chill in the last 18 months you have surely seen or met General Manager Steve Magann. Ruthie says “He's the handsome one running around, bussing tables, delivering food, talking with guests, solving problems, baking cheesecakes, hosting, cooking, snaking drains... and on some days he does all of those things in the same few hours. He is even the creator & mastermind of Prime Rib Monday! He has been my greatest love, partner, friend, cheerleader, culinary conspirator, and encourager. He has been my everything. We live together, work together and play together.” This Spring has brought our Chill family, once again, to our knees with Steve being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with MRC. He is currently an inpatient at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center with Ruthie right by his side.
Ruthie has asked for 3 things. First, for your continued support of the Chill and showing some understanding for our staff that their owners are absent in a life and death journey. She also asks for your direct communication when necessary. The website email goes directly to her cell phone. “Just because I cannot be at your table to ask about your experience does not mean that I don’t care. I deeply care. Please reach out to me personally. When necessary, we need to solve problems from afar and we also need to express thanks and gratitude to those going above and beyond to deliver excellence.” Next, she said, “I also ask for your prayers. Whatever your individual spiritual paths matter not to us. We are asking that you pray for God to heal Steve of this disease, that his life be spared and that his body be restored to health. We are literally asking you to pray for a miracle. Please also pray for me, that I am able to be a loving partner through his life's most challenging fight. Lastly, she asks, “that you all slow down. Smell the jasmine. Walk on the beach. Smile at each other for no particular reason. Stop honking your horns. Be more open, be more gentle with each other. Forgive. Practice peace. Give up the expectation and search for perfection in yourselves and others. Just slow down. Tomorrow is not a promise, and you never know when everything can change in a flash, most often without your permission. Live your moments to the fullest. Don't miss anything.
In mid April, welcome Chef Cory Albright at the helm as Executive Chef. We are thrilled. Manager Mark Crews has been pulled in every different direction and the addition of Cory will be a tremendous asset. Look for some fun new specials to be out! We are excited.
Ruthie has always said that what she loves best about Chill is that she always knows friends are coming over for dinner...she just doesn’t know which ones. Our philosophy has been this: if you were planning a big party at home for very special guests, you would clean up all day! You would shop carefully for each ingredient & find the freshest produce possible. You would greet your friends warmly with enthusiasm. You would cook each item carefully. You would be grateful to cater to their every need. Then you would give each one a warm hug goodbye. And, if you are blessed, they will come again. We strive to live this each day, each meal, one day at a time. Thank you for being a part of making our dreams come true.
RUTHIE CONTACT INFO
357 Corey Ave St Pete Beach
727 360 2445
Sun thru Thursday 8 am til 10 pm
Fri & Saturday 8 am til midnight
Private Party Room. Large Parties Welcome. Catering on & offsite.
Reservations Accepted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org