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Will you marry me?

February 14, 2014

By: Joel Ryan, Managing Partner, LongHorn Steakhouse

Will you marry me?

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Earlier in the day, a gentleman named Brian came into our restaurant and talked to my Service Manager Christina Justiniano about wanting to propose to his girlfriend at our LongHorn Steakhouse in Portage, Indiana, where they had their very first date. To be extra cautious about his girlfriends’ gluten intolerance, Brian brought in a gluten-free brownie from home and an engagement ring. He entrusted both to Christina to hold on to until later that evening when he would propose over dessert.

Our entire team was antsy with anticipation waiting for Brian and his girlfriend Veronica to arrive for dinner that evening. When they finally arrived, unbeknownst to us at the time, we seated them in the exact same table where they sat on their first date: table 73. Their server, Jessie Spoto, was incredibly excited for the proposal and actively wanted to be their server.

One of our cooks, Jacob Grimsley, wanted to make sure the dessert came out perfectly. He did some test runs of how he wanted the plate to look and even wrote “Will you marry me?” on the plate.

After what felt like an eternity, Brian and Veronica neared the end of their entrees; however Veronica seemed intent on not wanting dessert. Finally, she was talked into it, and Brian was able to propose. Of course, Veronica said ‘yes’ and the entire restaurant erupted into applause. My team took photos of the proposal and sent them to Veronica before they left to ensure they could cherish that special moment.

I am so glad the proposal went well and that my LongHorn Steakhouse team could be a part of it. We had a lot of fun trying to help create the perfect setting for Brian to propose.

Brian and Veronica, the Portage LongHorn wishes you a lifetime of love and happiness!

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