Dear Friend of Chez François

chez-francois-30th-anniversaryDear friend of Chéz François

What If? These two words have so much meaning; Especially today in this politically charged climate; when someone asks this basic of all questions What If we did it a different way? What if we looked at something differently? What If we took a different approach? “What If” challenges the establishment, it challenges the lazy and it challenges the complacent. It challenges “business as usual”. “What If” often challenges the interest of a few for the betterment of the larger group. “What If” we abolished slavery. “What If” landed a man on the moon. “What If” is powerful and can start a Revolution! In 1967 Mr. Ted Wakefield had an idea. What if he put a French Restaurant in the basement of the Sail Loft Building in Vermilion, Ohio. Locals thought he was crazy! Fifty years later his vision is still alive and well.

We constantly ask the question, what if we changed this particular dish to improve it. What if we change the way we do things with regards to service. What if we improve the look of the restaurant. What if we put our wine list on an IPad. In 2007 when the dentist office above Chez François became vacant we asked the question, what if we created an upscale bar “Touche” and a private dining room “The Parisian Room”, both of which have far exceeded our expectations.

“What If” challenges the fearful. The fearful person asks, “What do I stand to lose if I do?” A person of faith is someone who asks, “What do I stand to lose if I don’t”. Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out.

May 19, 2017, concludes our 30th season and we “Thank You” for your patronage and are grateful to be part of the Vermilion community. We have an eventful summer planned and we hope to see you soon!

Bon Appétit,