David even dresses his tables with red roses as another callback to his father’s restaurant: “The reason I have roses on the tables is because my dad had a garden at his restaurant. All of the servers would go outside and clip them, and we’d put them on the tables.”
When asked about Collierville and how he feels about opening his first restaurant here, David replied, “I just have to believe that God put me here for a reason. There’s a reason I’m here, at this place.”
You can imagine what David is feeling in this moment. For years, he has held dear the memories of a young man watching his father cook and prepare food in the heat of their kitchen. He’s reminded of his father welcoming and greeting regular guests and new faces alike, while the familiar sounds of forks, knives, and plates ricocheted against one another. Now, these sights and sounds are his own, from his kitchen, to his customers’ smiling faces and friendly employees.
David has worked tremendously hard to make this dream a reality for his family. His wife, Robyn, assists in the management of the restaurant, while his son, daughter, and step-sons also work and help where needed. As he experiences the restaurant business alongside his family and friends, David sees himself in his children and is reminded of his days rolling silverware and cooking at his father’s restaurant.
We’re proud to welcome David and his family to Collierville, as the newest members of the Grisanti’s family of restaurants, as Collierville’s Grisanti’s, as David’s Grisanti’s.
Finally, I asked David, now owner and head chef of his own restaurant, what he’s learned as a Grisanti working in this business for as long as he has. After taking a moment, he proudly gazed upon the sign that hangs at the front of his restaurant – David Grisanti’s – and said, “Never give up.”