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Episode 1 - Tommy's Place

Updated: 7 days ago




 

Transcript:


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Savannah:

Welcome to a tasting New York. I'm your host, Savannah. And today we are in the beautiful town of Port Jefferson.


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Svannah:

And we're going to be.


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Savannah:

Meeting up with our friend Shaughnessy. She's going to show us Tommy's place. She's going to let us know what it's about. We're going to get to talk to the owner and Tommy himself, Chef it up in the kitchen with the cooks. It's going to be a great time.


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Savannah:

So let's go. Hello.


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Tommy:

My name's Tom and the owner of Tommy's place here in downtown Port Jefferson Village. I've been in the bar business and restaurant business for over 35 years. I started with my uncle when I was 22 years old. Took a break from for a little while, and that's where my natural roots were. So why not back here? But I started out, you know, in this business, washing dishes as a kid and wound up buying this place.


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Tommy:

Then in 2001, the original building was built in 1873, and it still has the original timbers that have been elevated with the title tables over the years. But this part of Walker's hotel from 1873 was serving wine and spirits and cigars, and it was a café, part of the hotel back in 1873. And to this day, this particular part is still serving Savoy type of venue.


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Tommy:

We've gone through many renovations over the years and expansions. We have outdoor dining that looks over towards the harbor in the back and outdoor fireplace as well as an indoor fireplace. That's basically our story. We've got a great chef and he's been here 16 years. We've got a lot of families that have grown up here in the village, either coming here or working here.


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Tommy:

And it's a really good feeling to be a part of the community for that long and watch the families come in and watch them get their start as little kids and grow up. The camaraderie and relationships you build with all these families in the community over the time is the most rewarding part of the whole thing.


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Savannah:

So Shaughnessy should be meeting with us any second. And here she is. My name. I need to.


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Shaunessy:

I'm really excited to have you guys come here to Tommy's place. It's one of my favorite places.


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Savannah:

Yeah. Thank you so much for the invite, I. I love where Jeff is. Ice cream shop right over there that I've been to many times, but I never thought to stop here. So. Yeah. Tell us a little bit about Tommy's place. Like, how did you find out about it?


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Shaunessy:

And so I found out about Tommy's place when I started working here as a little kid. Okay. I worked here. All four of my brothers worked here. It's been one of our family favorite spots for a long time. I think it's been here, like, 22 years in the village. And for me, I wanted to do. To bring you home.


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Savannah:

Nice. All right, so let's try this food. You ready?


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Savannah:

All right, so we have all of the beautiful food in front of us. Is anything look familiar?


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Shaunessy:

It's delicious.


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Savannah:

It looks good.


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Shaunessy:

I haven't worked in forever, but Tommy's was always known for that honey barbecue sauce, so they put on a lot of sandwiches and the wings. Okay, Mom.


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Savannah:

So I got something, right?


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Shaunessy:

Yes, absolutely. And the classic dishes are amazing. My favorite one is the kind of office. Oh, wow.


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Savannah:

Okay. All right. So I'm excited to try that. All right, So I'm going to dig in here. Are you going to put are you going to start with the wings? So this is a beautiful like buffalo chicken flatbread. I love buffalo chicken. Anything, to be honest with you. And this bread looks like so amazing and like, I'm really big on texture as well.


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Savannah:

So you know how you order flat. Sometimes it's just like, flat and, like, dry and hard and, like, crunchy like this. You want a cracker, You want a classic exact layer. So this was very exciting. So I'm going to start here too far. In the meantime, I wanted to get to know a little bit more about you. Sure.


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Savannah:

So I know that you mentioned before that you worked here once upon a time, but did you grow up and point out like, where are you from originally?


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Shaunessy:

So I grew up in Fort Village. Yeah. So coming down to the village for ice cream after dinner, walking down the hill with my family, I have four little brothers. So when I was little, we always came to Common Place. Tommy had just opened and he had really great food. My parents loved to take us here. Fast forward a bit to being in high school and needing a job.


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Shaunessy:

They started closing tables and then eventually started waitressing. And then fun fact, all four of my brothers actually all worked here as well. So like a really deeply rooted family love.


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Savannah:

For before you got It, So did you guys over here together.


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Shaunessy:

So I'm a little bit older than some of my brothers, so I not all of us overlap, but somebody was always overlapping.


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Savannah:

That's fine.


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Shaunessy:

That's really cool.


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Savannah:

How did you get your start in real estate? When did you start? Like, was that like after high school you immediately knew you wanted to, like, sell houses. Like, how did that happen? I actually ended up.


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Shaunessy:

Going to college for theater and English and got a teaching.


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Savannah:

Degree.


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Shaunessy:

And decided that it definitely wasn't for me at that time. I was married and I got pregnant with my oldest daughter and then I became a stay at home mom for a really long time. And we lived in North Carolina for a little bit and a couple of women I know had businesses and they wanted some me to do some social media management because social this was becoming like a real big thing and nobody was really marketing on it.


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Shaunessy:

Yeah. So I just kind of started doing that and found it be really successful. And before I knew it, I had a lot of income coming in off the books, just helping out these other women business owners. So I moved back to New York and I was getting divorced and I had two small kids and nobody really to depend on except for myself.


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Shaunessy:

Yeah. And with my mom having been in real estate for ever, I knew that there was only one thing that I could do, that I would be my own boss and not responsible to answer to anybody and have absolutely no ceiling on my income. Well, so I got my real estate license when my kids were sleeping and nothing and stuff, and I started selling real estate.


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Shaunessy:

That was in 2015. And it just kind of went like this for me. And I'm hoping that I stay on that track.


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Savannah:

Well, that's an amazing story. The fact that you did that, I'm assuming you were like a single mom at that point. You did that by yourself. Yeah. That's amazing.


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Shaunessy:

It was. It was really the only thing that I knew that I wasn't going to miss my children growing up. It was a career choice that I could do on my own terms and figure out, you know, how to succeed in business and do my thing and be creative, sell and, you know, do a lot of videos and set myself apart before a lot of real estate agents for ever doing videos.


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Shaunessy:

I had been doing videos for a while, right? So it's been a really good choice. Okay. If you asked me then or asked me now if I would ever to real estate as a career, I would probably say, Now what?


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Savannah:

Oh, I get it. It's kind of like the things that we always.


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Shaunessy:

Get.


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Savannah:

The Pasta. Oh, my God. I got to.


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Shaunessy:

Try like, a little Cajun kick to.


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Savannah:

It. So it's like a little spicy, but like a little.


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Shaunessy:

A little bit spicy, but not tear your tongue out.


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Savannah:

Okay. Wow. That's nice. I'm going to try that. I think it's amazing how life kind of, like, leads you to where you're going to end up because, like, you never really know before, and this is where I'm going to end. But like, if you think about it, when you look back, it always makes sense. So like you started as a sort of a social media manager, basically, and then you were able to tie that into your real estate career.


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Savannah:

And so I stalked you on your social platforms. Okay, I'm just gonna come out and say thank you because it's kind of a part of my job. So I'm not actually a creep, but you're in your Instagram account is amazing. So you have like 22 followers, great engagement. And I just noticed a couple of key things about like you on social.


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Savannah:

You're super creative. Thank you. You're very active. Like you posts like almost every day, if not every day. And then also you do like a lot of generosity type of thing. So you do like food drives and stuff like that. So you want to talk a little bit about that? Yeah.


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Shaunessy:

So I've always been a doer. I you know, people always have really great intentions. I think where everybody laughs is their ability to follow up and follow through. And that's something that I'm pretty skillful at. So basically, being a realtor in the community, you really are in a community and I think it's really important to pour in to that community.


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Savannah:

And give back.


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Shaunessy:

Because the community gives so much to me on a business and a personal level. Yeah, So this past two months I partnered with Island Harvest, which is one of the biggest providers of food here on Long Island to the Food Insecure. And I went and I toured their facility, like I called them up and I was like, Hey, I'm a realtor.


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Shaunessy:

I'd like to make a video about you guys. And he's like, Please come down right now.


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Savannah:

So I did.


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Shaunessy:

And I made a little video just using my cell phone. Nothing special, but it was really impactful because I had different people that I reach on social media, reach out, say, Hey, can you come put a box in my restaurant? Hey, can you put a box in the library that I work in? Hey, my Boy Scouts are going to stand outside the supermarket in the freezing cold and get food.


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Shaunessy:

Yeah. So before I knew it, it spiraled into this massive fundraiser. I have to tally it up, but we raised probably close to three grand. Wow. Oh, yeah.


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Savannah:

Amazing.


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Shaunessy:

And Island Harvest told me that for every dollar they get, they give two meals. Wow. It's like about, what, almost 6000 meals? And then we had 7000 something items of food that I and my husband and my daughters put in the back of my pickup truck. And I took several trips to their facility to get it all over there was crazy.


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Savannah:

That bus isn't anything, by the way.


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Shaunessy:

It isn't anything, right.


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Savannah:

It has a nice pick, but it's like really good.


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Shaunessy:

Really good.


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Savannah:

So. Well, I can't even imagine, like, how many trips you had to take to take that much.


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Shaunessy:

What? But it was so rewarding. It was really it was very impactful for me. Yeah. To do it. And I'm happy to do it.


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Savannah:

I'm definitely going to do it again. Awesome. Yeah. So is there one coming up for 2023 that we can look out for?


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Shaunessy:

I haven't picked anything out that I'm certain that I can't sit still. Okay, so there's going to be some other stuff.


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Savannah:

Okay. I'm excited.


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Shaunessy:

And my sister in law is a teacher in the city and she was talking about how, you know, like period products, tampons and pads and stuff like that are a luxury item. So as a female, you know, that's not a luxury. I don't I'm like, Oh, yeah. So if people in need or people who are in on that financial insecurity can always afford that.


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Shaunessy:

And that's just like a basic personal hygiene thing. Yeah, I think everybody should have access to. So I've actually been talking to her about maybe doing something like a period project or something like that.


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Savannah:

I love that.


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Shaunessy:

To do to raise some funds and also to provide some stuff. And I'm sure that there's people here on the island.


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Savannah:

That need to definitely.


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Shaunessy:

I think that's where I'm going ahead.


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Savannah:

We're back on your Instagram. I found this picture. How can you explain this?


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Shaunessy:

So part of my marketing is always being really true to my brand. So my favorite color is pink. Like my car, I think. I don't know if you saw it in the parking lot. No whites. My signs are pink. Okay. Like my time.


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Savannah:

Post? Yes. No, the.


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Shaunessy:

Realtors are doing this, so I'm obsessed. Another thing that I'm also obsessed with is Dunkin Donuts. And I love, love, love, love, love their coffee. Like I literally walked through a blizzard to get the Dunkin Donut from my house because they couldn't use it. And then I filmed it and put it on TikTok. People loved it. One of my prerequisites for where I'm going to live, I have to be able to go off to Dunkin.


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Shaunessy:

My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I like what you like. I like what I like exactly. So in doing the food drive, you know, I've. I realized that on average, the coffee costs $6 a day. So if I gave that $6 to Island harvest, they can turn that into a dozen meals a day. So I've been making coffee at home.


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Shaunessy:

Wow.


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Savannah:

And that is all connections like that.


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Shaunessy:

So in that picture, I was drinking a hot cup of coffee, and that cup was a gift from one of my clients. Yeah, And I don't like hot coffee. I only like iced coffee and my ice machine, I shop about that day, so I drink a cup of hot coffee at home. And that's the story behind that picture.


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Savannah:

And I love with the mug says it says Realtor because bad badass your coworkers isn't an official job title. So that kind of like gives the the essence of there's really a cape on your back when you do what you do. I try and I love it. Your client gifted you that That's amazing. Yeah. So I've got another picture, but I know it's going to be on blast.


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Savannah:

I know. I need to warn you. Yeah, I've got another picture. But you gave us context already, so. I mean, I don't really know if there's much explaining to do, but it's this one that he captured.


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Shaunessy:

This is so cute. So I bought a historic house. My house was built in 1900. Wow. Needless to say, it was like a lot of updating. So we've been right before COVID lockdown. We closed and we've been updating pretty much everything. And the last thing to do is the kitchen. So we're in the market for kitchen cabinets and stuff.


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Shaunessy:

And my brother had told me about this new place, so I went to check it out and he had a Barbie kitchen and I was like, That's we're not putting it in the house, but.


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Savannah:

It was there. So if I could have that kitchen in my own home, I would, you know. So now we're going to take some of these sauces. I know you're familiar with one which is the most popular, the honey barbecue. Right. And that's what we have a beautiful plate of right here. But now these two I don't know.


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Savannah:

These two are question like, do you know what sauces these are?


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Shaunessy:

I, I assume that's buffalo with like some extra spices and it just based on looking at it. Yeah. That's probably teriyaki.


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Savannah:

Okay. So we're going to do we want to confirm. Yeah. Let's go over.


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Shaunessy:

Do you guys have the menu.


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Waitress:

Okay.


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Savannah:

Oh, not like that. Like we're going to teach you all. It's fine.


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Shaunessy:

That's a stereotype. That's really funny, actually. I'm going to be a slob and eat wings on TV.


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Savannah:

Yeah. Oh, yeah. Oh, that's real feminine, right?


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Shaunessy:

Ah, we.


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Savannah:

Yeah. So let's face it, I'm going to start with the popular honey barbecue.


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Shaunessy:

I want to see what your the.


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Savannah:

Buzz is about.


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Shaunessy:

Just going to dip it. Mm.


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Savannah:

Yeah.


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Shaunessy:

One of the things on the menu that I absolutely love here is the chicken po'boy eating chicken tenders, and they put them in that sauce and I put it on a hero with like fried onions and cheddar.


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Savannah:

And that sounds amazing, but, but I like it because it's kind of like a reminder that chipotle mayo kind of. But it's like, sweet.


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Shaunessy:

So I'll.


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Savannah:

See you. Yeah, that's my hero.


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Shaunessy:

All right, here's the teriyaki.


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Savannah:

What is it giving? Is it sweet? You're being followed in. Okay.


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Shaunessy:

In the Asian flair.


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Savannah:

Nice.


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Shaunessy:

I love the crunchiness of the wings. So you get wings. And I was super soggy and.


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Savannah:

Gross cause I was just talking to my boyfriend about that. Like, that is the make or break when it comes to wings like texture. That crunch is so important for sure.


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Shaunessy:

Fun fact Tommy's makes their own blue cheese in-house, which is really cool.


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Savannah:

I would love to see what that process is. I feel like I've never even heard of that before, so I'm going to try it. Mm. It looks really good. We'll see. I love that it is. You know, when you can tell something was like mean like with love. Yeah. Not just restaurant people, right. Yeah. That's what this is like.


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Savannah:

That's amazing. I love it.


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Shaunessy:

That's awesome shirt. Oh.


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Savannah:

Yeah.


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Shaunessy:

Yeah. They give you one. That's for a reason.


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Savannah:

Thanks. As embarrassing.


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Shaunessy:

It's kind of funny.


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Savannah:

All right, so we're going to wrap this thing up. It was really nice chatting with you over this amazing food. I'm looking forward to that period project. We'll be there for sure. Cool. But for some help, is there anything that you want to leave us with before we wrap?


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Shaunessy:

I just. People just come and try Tommy's place. I think that it's not just a bar. It's not just a party scene at night. They do have a pretty fun party scene at night. But, you know, I take the kids down here. We have dinner as a family and they definitely have some really quality items on their menu that are affordable and delicious.


00:18:02:08 - 00:18:08:02

Savannah:

So. Okay, nice. So kindly come to Tommy's places. No problem. We want to have you back soon. Awesome.


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Shaunessy:

Thank you.


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Savannah:

Thank you.


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Narrator:

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