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 9+ 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 and growing.   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.  Most recently, we celebrate the successful outcome of Steve’s leukemia treatment at MD Anderson in Houston.   After nearly a year of numerous chemo treatments, hospitalizations, and a bone marrow / stem cell transplant, Steve & Ruthie have returned home and Steve is even spotted back at Chill working, as he is able.   It will be a long recovery, indeed.  But they have certainly proved that Love > Leukemia.  Thank you all for what you have done to help his journey.

The Corey Ave road construction project closed our access and roads for much of two months and the still ongoing Blind Pass road disaster have proved to be the worst challenge of our history.  Who thinks that in your 9th year, you face your worst year ever?   We are still in awe that the business has remained through such seemingly impossible circumstances.  It’s truly only because of our unbelievably devoted staff and those die hard regular friends and guests who traveled through rain, dust and mud to do their best to support us through our very worst of times, with Steve’s cancer and road projects happening simultaneously.

We live in such a small town, here in St. Pete Beach.  But, I can honestly tell you that our community is second to none.  We remain forever grateful for the love, prayers and patronage that have brought us to this day.

We welcome one of our original Chefs back to Chill.  Chef Joe Luisi returned to Chill as long term manager Mark moved to New York.  Joe was most recently the Executive Chef at The Club in Treasure Island.  He graduated from the Culinary Academy of New York and worked at two of Bobby Flay’s famed restaurants.  Joe is a real joy as a friend, incredibly talented as a Chef, and a delight to have at Chill.  Please welcome him with open arms and encouragement.  We are blessed.

And, it still remains our mission that “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.

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