July 2017. Two months ago, we received this email.
“Hi my name is Sharon. I work at Firefly in Amado. Its a great new restaurant that I think should be included in your guide.”
Intrigued, I replied with a few questions and suggested that we might be able to dine at Firefly and write a review for the Guide sometime in July. I explained that I would soon have surgery to repair a severed Achilles tendon on my right foot and would not be able to drive or walk for 2 months. The next day Sharon replied:
“No I’m not the owner. His name is Gavin Rychener. He is also the chef. I’m a server there. Yes we opened in October. Thank you so much for your time, you won’t be disappointed.”
Fast forward to late July.
My right foot had been in a cast causing me to be housebound for the past 6 weeks except for two doctor visits. Ms. Karen had been nursing me and two old sick dogs during this time. We were both ready for a little outing.
It was a Saturday and the monsoon rains had been quite active for more than a week. I asked my wife what would she like to do.
“I know, let go to Firefly! We can leave the dogs in the house for 4 hours.”
Knowing Karen would have to drive, I thought it a bit strange that she was willing to travel 90 miles round trip for one dining review, but I agreed. I also suggested that Neighbor Roy might also like to get out of his house for a couple hours. He did.
So on a stormy Saturday late morning, we three left the seclusion of our Tucson Mountain homes and headed for beautiful downtown Amado, (population 862).Read More