Note from Craig: Yep, a “classic” post about the opening of Perkins in Apex. For those keeping score, the column mentions our thirteen-year-old daughter Anna. Anna is now 29, so I’ve succeeded in embarrassing her for two generations!
Yes, it finally happened. I’ve been watching carefully to monitor the progress and have eagerly anticipated the opportunity to finally experience it.
Many times when a person anticipates something a great deal, it turns out not to be as good as you expect. But it wasn’t true in this case.
Okay, I’ve been obscure long enough. I’ll let you in on it. Perkins has opened!
You’ll remember if you’ve read this space for any period of time that I like to keep you up to date with all the new eating places that open in Apex. There are some good places to eat in Apex, as I’ve chronicled in an exhaustive way in the past, but Perkins adds some variety to the lineup.
Perkins is a chain, and there is one in Raleigh. But we don’t get over that way very often. But I have some good memories of Perkins.
When my oldest daughter Anna was in kindergarten, during her spring break I took her to Orlando. My dear sweet wife was pregnant at the time, and too far along to travel so it was just Anna and myself.
Now I thought that she would want to spend all our time at Disneyworld but she really didn’t. What she wanted to do was to swim in the pool at our hotel and play miniature golf. So we did.
Within walking distance of our hotel there was a Perkins, and Anna really enjoyed it. She wanted to eat about every meal there, and I had to steer her to other places.
So those pleasant memories of Perkins made me anticipate the opening of Perkins that much more. The big question around town the past few weeks has been, “When will Perkins open?”
In fact, overcome by curiosity, a few weeks ago I accompanied local realtor Buddy Cummings and insurance agent Steve Smith as we went over to Perkins to see inside and get some idea when they would open.
We got to see inside and talked with one of the managers, who told us that they were in the process of hiring between 80 and 120 employees to staff the restaurant. Wow, I had no idea that it took so many people to staff a restaurant!
After the facility is finished, all those folks have to be trained, and I got the impression that Perkins does fairly extensive training.
The training showed when my family visited Perkins on the first day they were open, Monday, April 12.
We thought it wouldn’t be crowded on a Monday. Boy, were we wrong!
Although we went shortly after 5:00 p.m., we had to wait for a table. The staff was very attentive though and really concerned about getting folks to tables as soon as possible. That’s refreshing to say the least.
We saw a lot of people we knew, and that just added to the fun. Apparently we weren’t the only ones waiting for them to open. We were seated, and the lady seating us also brought along a basket of toys for the kids. Our two younger children, William and Ashley, weren’t sure about Perkins, since they’d never been to one, but that helped make up their minds about it real quick.
They even had stuff that was cool enough for thirteen-year-old Anna, plus I must admit that I sneaked a peek at a few pages of an Archie comic book in the basket. How do Veronica and Betty stay so young?
The food was great and the service was unusual in how good it was. I hope they keep it up. I wish some other organizations would spend the time in figuring out how to give superior service, as Perkins seems to have done.
If you haven’t figured it out, we really enjoyed our visit to Perkins and we’ll be back…often. Hope they have another Archie comic next time!