As I continue to look for more opportunities to play ukulele in 2020 (#moreuke2020 🙂), I have enjoyed a couple of gigs to start the year off. Usually the year starts a bit slow due to the colder weather, so I found it encouraging that I was contacted to play this early in the year.
Early in February, I played at Truett’s Luau for their Father/Daughter event. It was a wonderful event and great to see all of the Dad’s treating their daughters to a special night out. Truett’s Luau is a one-of-a-kind Hawaiian themed Chick-Fil-A located in Fayetteville, GA. The Luau is named after Chick-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, who had this vision for a specialty Hawaiian-themed restaurant.
There are many things I love about Truett’s Luau the tropical atmosphere, hospitality and... milkshakes! When entering the restaurant, you are greeted by hosts who are friendly and embrace that aloha spirit!
As you look around you will see ukuleles on the wall for customers to play if they like and there are also numerous Hawaiian themed decorations. On one side of the restaurant are booths, tables and a menu that includes Hawaiian flavored food options. On the other side of the restaurant (which includes the traditional Chick-Fil-A menu items), there is a patio (“lanai”) and a beautiful waterfall (a great place to eat during warmer weather).
While we have played at Truett’s Luau in the past as the Parrot Island Band, this was my first time back as a solo uke player. I alternated playing near the entrance where daughters could have their face painted and walking around visiting/playing at individual tables.
My evening at Truett’s Luau was very enjoyable and it looked like everyone (from parents and children to employees alike) had a fun evening. I loved seeing all the smiling faces, dads and daughters together… and hopefully the music I provided helped make the evening a little more festive.
I look forward to playing again at Truett’s Luau soon. It’s a bit of a drive for me – an hour and a half each way - but I always leave wishing this restaurant was in Acworth, where I live. I think I’d have a regular place to play! Thanks to the good folks at the Luau for helping me start the new year off right...