In the interim, Dominic is chatting with Azalia, one of the owners. As a reminder, he has used Reds' for his staff holiday party and as owners of food establishments, they do network with each other.
Azalia: Yes, you would have seen her by now if she were working, but she has the evening off. She's spending time with her family this evening. But we have staff to cover and someone else working the floor with me. Pretty soon, we may even expand and have more people work the floor.
Dominic: That's good. I've been thinking about expansion too. Not so much with Select Spaces, but another restaurant soon.
Azalia: That sounds exciting. Congratulations!
Dominic: Thank you!
Dominic: In a few minutes. I'm waiting for someone.
Azalia: Okay. Well, let me know when you're ready.
Dominic: Hey, not to change the subject, but that art work is new. It's not exactly what I'd expect to see here. Going in a different direction?
Azalia (laughing): I know, right? Dogs. They remind me of a pool room.
Dominic: Well, I didn't want to say anything, but, yes, that's what I think too.
Dominic: Interesting concept. So you keep the art work fresh?
Azalia: Yes, it allows you to keep mixing things up. You pay a certain amount for a certain amount of selections each month. We could have paid enough to keep changing every wall, but that's a lot.
Dominic: So you actually chose the dogs?
Azalia: No, there's also an option to let them just send over something to try out and they take back the previous artwork. This is what showed up based on our color palette and other selections.
Azalia: I know, next time we may not let them pick for us. We're not making that mistake again.
Azalia: Hello and welcome to Reds'. What can I get for you this evening?
Donatella: Hello and thank you. I just need a minute to hug this guy right here.
Dominic recognizes his sister's voice and turns around to greet her.
Donatella: Hey, Dom. I'm glad I made it too. Thank you for asking me. So far I like what I see.
Dominic: Good. I thought you would...Oh! Where are my manners? Let me introduce you to Azalia, one of the owners.
Azalia: Hello, nice to meet you. Thank you for coming.
Donatella: My you are pretty. I love your hair.
Azalia (blushing): Thank you! That's so kind of you. Please have a seat and let me get you a drink.
Donatella: I think I'll just have some water, please. I won't be able to stay long and I'm sure I'll have something during dinner.
Donatella: Me too. I like it.
Azalia: I don't mean to be nosey, but I'm glad you like it too. Are you looking for a venue for an event?
Donatella: Some of my friends and I get together to enjoy dinner and drinks pretty often and, although I know I can always have my brother host us, we like to switch it up and try new places. Dom recommended this place and I think we'd have a good time. It will give a couple of us single ladies a chance to mix and mingle with single men too.
Dominic: Thank you for that information.
Azalia: Good idea. (looking up) Please excuse me, I have to go check on something and I'll get you that water you requested.
Donatella: Thank you.
Donatella: Yes, because my son is such a sweetheart. I'm looking forward to it.
Dominic: What's going on with my niece? I haven't seen her since the Memorial Day picnic.
Donatella: Rachel's doing well. She should be here for Thanksgiving. She's still loving her job.
Dominic: Good, good.
Dominic: Well, that's all I wanted was for you to see this place and try it out. The owners are wonderful and so are their staff. You'll have a good time here.
Donatella: I'll see you later, Dom.
Dominic: Have a good time at dinner.
Azalia: That's quite alright. I'm sure someone will want water and I'll have it handy. Thank you for stopping by and please do come back.
Donatella: I sure will be back. Thank you again. Good night.
Azalia: Good night.
Donatella heads off to dinner and Dominic stays for a while to eat what's on the menu.
Thank you for stopping by. ~ Jaye