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interaction with almost every guest, which I love. People are always walking up to the kitchen, talking to us, giving us instant feedback, and I find it so rewarding when you're cooking food for people who are talking to you. That's my vision and my dream. That's what it's all about for me." So how does he want people to feel after dining at Red Bird? For starters, by the time his customers are finished eating and leaving the restaurant, Stokes tries to meet them on the way out the door. "I like to be at the front of dining room when people are leaving," he says. "Again, that really speaks to making people feel welcome and having those personal interactions." But his favorite part of the night may be when he sees people not really wanting to leave at all. "I love seeing this," he says, chuckling. "When people linger at their table. After they're done eating, after the bill has been paid, and they're just having a great time and talking, and enjoying themselves. To me that's a great sign that they feel com- fortable in the space I've created, and that I've helped make them feel at home." 180 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 A N D Y R Y A N local cuisine "making people feel welcome"

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