Yesterday, after panicking over where to have this wedding, I got to thinking about a place I knew about, but I had only been there twice for an early drink with friends. The place is called the Zen Restaurant, and it used to be a Pargos, which was poorly run and eventually closed. Now, it has been renovated and doesn’t even look like the same building on the inside. I met the Owner and we talked for about an hour and eventually settled on a fair price on the reception. I was so impressed with him that I felt compelled to tell y’all about it. Like me, he took over a closed chain restaurant, remodeled, and made a successful business out of it. He has no corporation behind him, he spent his own money, and he spends upwards of 70 hours a week running it. Few people have the balls to do this in the restaurant/bar business anymore. I just wanted to say that he made himself available almost immediately, and was eager to help us get this event planned. If you are ever anywhere near the Rivergate area, stop by, try out his menu, or perhaps go late and enjoy the music and dancing. I know I wish him and his crew nothing but success.