An open letter to my friends in Dubai

Greetings, Bennigan’s Boulevard friends!

As you patiently await the arrival of the Americans, it is with my deepest sorrow that I regret to inform you I will not be making the trip to the UAE at this time.

It was difficult enough having to leave the first time, but knowing that another team is being sent over there for the new location and I’m not part of it is simply painful.

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching soon, I am needed back in the United States at my home store. I will let you know, however, that I would give anything be over there to see you guys again. It really was the time of my life when I was there, and knowing that my friends Lucas, Yedid, Shane, Jenny and Tito are there without me is upsetting.

I miss you guys.

I wish you nothing but the best in the future for each and every one of you, but also Bennigan’s Boulevard and Bennigan’s Dubai Mall as well.

See you soon, friends.

Until next time …

-Chris-

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2012: The best year

[Editor’s Note: My apologies for the late-ness of this post … I was busy leading up to the new year and have been pretty busy since and haven’t had time to sit down and write. Well, now I have some time to sit back and reminisce on 2012 and put it on (hypothetical) paper.]

Graduating from Central Michigan University in 2011 still stands as the single greatest moment in my life, which rightfully so made 2011 the best year of my life.

Until 2012 came along.
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Dubai 2012: Never easy

(This is the 15th post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

It is always the hardest part. I am never good at saying goodbye to people. Even those I know I will see again soon. But saying goodbye to people with whom I am almost positive I will never see again is very difficult.

Even more so when said group of people has changed the way you look at life and affected your own life in a big way in such a short period of time. These people I had the pleasure of training in Dubai were a group of people I don’t soon wish to forget.

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Dubai 2012: Making something out of nothing

(This is the 14th post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

It’s hard to believe we pulled it off. But with this team, almost anything is possible.

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Dubai 2012: COOKOFF!!!

(This is the 13th post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

Two weeks into the trip & one day after the scheduled opening of the restaurant, I got to play with food. Slowly, but surely, this restaurant will finally open.

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Dubai 2012: Desert safari

(This is the 12th post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

This trip just keeps getting better and better.

Yesterday, the training group (minus Heather, of course, since she had to return back to the States) went on a desert safari through the Sahara Desert near the UAE-Oman border. It was the most fun I’ve had on this trip, hands down.

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Dubai 2012: Roll with the changes

(This is the 11th post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

Every new opening comes with its own set of obstacles and challenges. This opening threw a wrench in our entire training schedule. However, we have been able to put our collective minds together to optimize the time we have.

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