Wednesday, February 16, 2011
What Would You Do If You Were Me?
On the other hand I have an opportunity to work in a much slower fine dining establishment where you get paid a little bit more per hour , you serve less people but your tip-out is lower and your average tip is much higher than $5 per person. As well you have a much more wealthier clientele in which to serve. The community in which it is located has the highest per capita income in Canada. There are a 100 houses being built right now around the location which can only help the restaurant.
The manager is telling me she is leaving for sure in a year to move to the United States to be with her husband who is working there right now. In a year I have a good chance to fill her role.
The downside is it is more hours per week working lunches and dinners. The summer when I like my time off it will be busy and with less staff means I will not get a lot of days off like I do now. The upside is it is closed Sunday and Mondays giving me one weekend day off to be at home with the kids.
Another thing is it has a nice wine list and a wine and food tasting menu to boot. People dine there for a couple of hours rather than eat and get out.
The restaurant I am working at is closing for renovations after Mother's Day for 6weeks and there is always that time when it is closed that work will be hard to come by and jobless benefits don't come anywhere near to pay for day to day expenses. And who knows where I fit in the plans.
This other option I may be able to make my mark promoting the place. Maybe more hours and a little less money but long term it may be better for me. And a year from now if I work at it I could be the Dining Room Manager in a Fine Dining Restaurant. It sounds nice.
One thing I know I cannot run around serving tons of people much longer. It is getting to be tiresome.
This might be a good opportunity.
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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