When popular chef Pat Greenfield sold Grico’s Restaurant in March 2016, many of her friends told her she would soon be bored and get back in the business in some way.
“Oh, no,” she said. “Only boring people get bored.”
She’s not bored and she loves retirement.
“It’s wonderful. I miss the people, but not the drudgery and the 20-hour days.”
But when her close friend and Salvation Army Board Member Marilyn Gubbiotti called and asked her to come out of retirement to cater a turkey dinner as a fundraiser for the West Pittston Salvation Army, she agreed.
So on Thursday, Sept. 21, Greenfield’s friends and fans will get one more chance to dine with her at the Old Fashioned Homemade Harvest Dinner at St. Anthony’s Center, Erie Street, Exeter.
Servings will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with takeouts available.
The menu includes turkey, dressing and all the fixings and apple or pumpkin pie.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors.
For ticket information, call 655-5947 or stop by the Salvation Army office at 214 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
Greenfield said all the vegetables for the dinner will come from her own garden in the West Chester area, where she moved after she sold Grico’s and where she gardens, travels, spend time with family and reads — a lot.
The reading gets her back to Grico’s once a month for her book club. Right now they are reading “The Art of Running in the Rain” by Garth Stein.
So what made her come out of retirement to cater the Harvest Dinner? Two things.
“It’s a good cause and I can’t say no to Marilyn. She sheltered me after the fire.”
Grico’s was heavily damaged by fire in 2011. At the time, the restaurant she owned for 28 years seemed like a total loss, but she brought Grico’s back, saving the original 1930s bar and restoring the tin ceiling and famous private curtain booths and reopened in 2013.
Now she’s making a second comeback, albeit just for one turkey dinner, which she says, “was always my favorite thing to make.”