Family-owned restaurant thanks customers with thank you cards made by owners' children

Posted at 1:50 PM, Apr 17, 2020

CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. — A family-owned restaurant in Charles City has come up with a unique way to thank folks for supporting their business — thanks to the creativity of the owners' children.

In the heart of Charles City County, sits Cul's Courthouse Grille .

"My mom had the brilliant idea to turn this into a little restaurant to serve the community. And we've been doing that for 11 years and it's been a ride of a lifetime," owner Cullen Jenkins said. "We had no idea that this thing was going to turn into what it has."

Jenkins said the location was originally built as a general store back in the early 1800s. Now he and his family proudly serve the community.

"We hang our hats on customer service," Jenkins said.

But Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's stay-at-home order forced the father of four and his team to change the way they serve customers.

For now, it is take-out or delivery only.

"I called my wife immediately and she expressed concern along with my children," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said when he got home after making that call, he discovered his children had created something to bring light back into the business.

"My wife said, 'They came up with the idea to make little cards to say thank you. And they want to put one in every to go bag for every customer that comes to support us during this time,'" Jenkins said.

He said they started off with just a handful and now they have made more than 100 cards.

"A friend of mine called me that they've got three on their refrigerator," Jenkins said. "They're probably doing about 50 a day now."

"It's just been incredible," Jenkins said. "The support of the community has always been there for us and we've been there for them. The cards have just made things pretty clear of how we're all in this together."

This story was originally published by Matthew Fultz on WTVR in Richmond, Virginia.