Letters from Amir RSS

Announcing "Grounded Carling"

Here it is… our biggest news since we first opened our doors in 2010… We are opening a NEW GROUNDED at 1545 Carling Ave, in the immaculate Carling Executive Centre. But don’t worry, it will still feel a lot like the OG. We’ll keep you posted on when we’ll be ready to welcome you (planned for November), what our hours will be, and even tease you with some of our menu items. For now, all we can tell you is that the new location (including its beautiful patio) will be as unique and as full of character as you’ve come to expect from us. We can hardly wait to show you what innovative ideas we have planned for the new place....

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Welcome Summer; Bring It!

Hello to All! Who doesn’t love summer?! We’re ready to kick it off with Father’s Day and BBQ. I’m a father of two great girls, who next to my wife are the most precious gifts I’ve ever received. A while back I wrote a little nod to my own dad, about pride and connection. My dad felt so much love for us, and I mirror that in my own children. It’s the most important job I have and I love it. The next most important job I have and love is being Grounded. Hospitality and leading a team of excellent humans is an action of pure joy for me. I come to work having fun. That’s very lucky for me....

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Happy Easter

Hello Grounded Nation; It's one of the most special holiday times for me. I love Easter, the pastel colours, the air of spring and The Ten Commandments on TV! It is the start of a new season in more ways than one, and always a great time for me and my family reset. Another shutdown is upon us, case counts are up, and there are still many out there who have been (and are still being) hard hit by this pandemic. My level of gratitude for all that we have been able to endure is as big as the splitting Red Sea. I have heard many of my colleagues and neighbours express frustration and exhaustion over the situation. I feel the weight of the challenge...

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Reflections on Dads

Yesterday, March 4th, would have been my dad’s birthday. He would’ve been 80 something. He passed away more than 20 years ago. This morning I heard that Walter Gretzky had also moved on to the next plane. I felt compelled to share some emotions on the complicated, yet wonderful relationship between fathers and sons. My mother had died a year earlier than my father, and when he left, I was hurt and dealt with it in my own way - regardless of how damaging it may have been. The next several years were very dark. I lost absolutely everything my parents ever worked for.  I’m hard pressed to even find a photograph of him to post. That was then, this...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year my friends!  I'd like to start this letter by sharing this story about 2000-year-old food stand found in Pompeii, Italy. The concept of feeding people has been around for so long; it has endured so many evolutions and challenges. Throughout it all, the desire to nourish people has remained a staple in society. That will always live on! If this year has proven anything, it is that nothing is constant, but that survival is possible…especially with a positive attitude, an open mind, a strong team, and a commitment to a slow-and-steady approach for a sustainable future. There’s no question that 2020 has been hard. But over the past ten years, we experienced all kinds of hardships and we’ve come out stronger....

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