Jeff Cornell, a former associate of Minsky’s, was an incredible person and contractor who put in a lot of work specializing in new locations; this well-liked collaborator helped create beautiful finishes in several Minsky’s establishments including the Southwest Boulevard location.
With beautiful natural lighting and exquisite marble floors, the Southwest Boulevard Minsky’s is one of our prettier locations with a unique outdoor deck as well. Jeff’s handiwork is apparent in its creation and realization, but more than an excellent contractor, Jeff was a long-time friend and truly part of the Minsky’s family. His passing a few years back was tragic for his immediate family and also for the Minsky’s family that had loved him and benefited from his excellent work.
On January 31st, Minsky’s had the honor of hosting a get together with Jeff Cornell’s son Damian Harrell and other members of Minsky’s family. The wonderful surprise of the evening came when Damian proposed to his sweet girlfriend of almost three years: Jade Wilson. The couple came back from Dallas to visit Kansas City and Damian’s family members here. Jade had planned to surprise Damian with a proposal but when a family member let the exciting plan slip, Damian knew he wanted to follow through with his own surprise proposal plans! He chose the Minsky’s location his father had worked so hard on; in spite of any slip ups and surprises, it truly couldn’t have been a more perfect moment. Of course, she said “yes!” and everyone clapped and congratulated the happy couple.
It was a wonderful intimate dinner that lasted several hours as Minsky’s owner, Gregg Johnson, and other family friends shared stories about Jeff. There were tears, but there was a lot of laughter. Jade never had the privilege of meeting Jeff so it was a neat opportunity for her to get to know him as well as a way to include Jeff’s presence in their engagement.
Gregg was very fond of Jeff and remarked that “his passing was tough on all of us; it’s an absolute pleasure to see Jeff’s son Damian begin a new chapter of life. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he chose Minsky’s to be a part of his and Jade’s love story. The perfect journey begins, after all, with the perfect pizza.”
Damian and Jade send a “thank you to everyone who made the whole thing so special; everyone was so kind … we are so humbled and honored that Gregg and Minsky’s would host this for us.”
Congratulations to the happy couple from the entire Minsky’s team!