A family of four walked through the door, haggard disappearing into happy, and Kory Wollins was already on them like white on rice. “Hey, how’s it going? Is this your first time here?” he asked as they looked a bit overwhelmed as they tried to figure out their orders. It turns out they were there from Texas and visiting family in Norwalk for a wake, so they stopped at Burgers, Shakes & Fries, hearing about their reputation. We know they like it big in Texas, so Kory broke down the menu for them. They got their order in and Kory (owner of BSF Greenwich and co-owner of the Darien spot) kept talking to them about Texas, Connecticut, and just life in general. When they got their burgers, the buttered-toast hamburgers didn’t last too long, quickly being devoured by the hungry Texans.
This was just 10 minutes of one day (while even more people came in to order during this time), of one week, of one year at BSF, but to that family, Kory made a difference. On that day, Kory met with Dan and they talked about burgers, the restaurant biz, blogs, his quest to conquer making Fior di Latte mozzarella, and waxing philosophical about life. During previous conversations they talked a lot about how blog culture tends to bury the good restaurants that have been around in a while in favor of the newest and hottest spots. There was one comment that stood out from our most recent conversation that we want to start with: “In the end the most important question to ask is, ‘Did you walk out with a smile when you left?'” We always smile when we leave, especially when we have the smell of burgers and fries wafting from our bag as we speed our grub home. So, let’s dig in and grill Kory for a bit…hey, he’s not the only one who can grill.