On a recent morning, the line for Hudson’s omelets stretched past the cash register into the dining room. Wenokia Cokley, Tidelands Health’s birth certificate clerk, was there for her favorite – ham and turkey, and Wendy Chiarelli stopped by for one of Hudson’s “awesome” veggie omelets before hurrying to her office at information systems.
Hudson had a smile and a personal greeting for everyone, delivered in his buttery smooth voice.
“How spicy you feelin’ this morning?” he asks a regular who requests red pepper in her omelet.
“The usual?” Hudson asks Dr. Kent Homnick. “How’s the missus?”
“Hey Johnny, you got me? I’m kind of in a hurry,” someone calls from the back of the line. “I gotcha, man,” Hudson replies with a grin.
And then a visitor asks, “Anyone ever say you sound like Lou Rawls?”
“All the time,” Hudson says, and then croons, “You’ll never find another love like mine…” to the delight of bystanders.
“Johnny knows what I want every morning – shredded cheese on top of my omelet,” says Tuvera McCrea from security as she waits patiently.
“Johnny knows just what people want,” says Inell McCray, cafeteria lead. “He knows how to make them feel welcome and feel better. His omelets are awesome because he adds love.”
Then she nods and says, “We need to keep our aces in their places.”
Hudson says, “I pick up on things and try to humor everyone.”