Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What Do You Think I Did , Honestly?
Some nights we would get a couple of tables in early then around 7:30 the chef and I would sit in the dining room and look out the window and watch the cars and people go by. Talk about everything under the sun. We were open till 9PM. About 8:45 the owner used to call up and ask how many we had and I would blurt out the number 4 or maybe 2 or maybe we were really busy and we had a dozen then he would just say something like oh well better luck tomorrow. You see it was a bit of a hobby for him. No stress here as he was loaded and the mortage was paid and he ran another company and was making scads of money from that one.
Anyway what I wanted to say is about 8:30 the chef would get up and say I am going to close down the kitchen and be back in a few minutes. Then he would come back and I would have done during this time my closing duties and we would sit there praying no one was going to come in now before we close.
Sometimes though someone would come between 8:45 and closing and want to eat.
Now I am going to ask you this one question. For those of you who read this blog on a regular basis and know me somewhat here is the question.
Did I nudge the door open just a bit before they entered to tell them we are just closing up now or did I welcome them with open arms showing them the best table in the house? Then tell me what you would have done and be totally honest. Don't give me any of the bullshit oh yeah but I would have let them in stuff.
Remember the chef and I lock everything up and set the alarm too. Now what do you think I did?
Radio talk show host of "The Hospitality Industry News Network" and author of "You Only Live Once" about his early years traveling around and working on ships and foreign countries Steven blogs about his thoughts on the restaurant industry as he sees it today.
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