Another New Year was rung in working in the service industry.
Nothing can make you evaluate your life faster, than hearing the countdown poorly counted down by a bunch drunk people who've paid a cover to get into a place that normally doesn't charge a cover, who have demanded that you bring them a plastic tiara to accessories their thousands of dollars outfit that they bought especially for that night at Barney's, and a glass of water for their friend is about to throw up on the first minute of the new year... Happy 2013!
Every year people always say the same thing, "this is going to be our year." To quote one of my favorite funny writers and friend, Ken Napzok, "I'm not gonna fall for that again."
New Years should forever be named, "Night of a Thousand Amateurs." People who spend too much money, drink too much, and expect a perfect evening at a restaurant. Doesn't work that way.
Even though this column is reaching you the second week of the new year, think of this as wake-up call about holidays in restaurants... it's going to be busy, you are going to wait, and your server has been there for at least ten hours.
Think about that before you leave less than 20 percent.
Until next time... Server's don't pay their rent with compliments.
"Bitter. Party of 1? Your table is ready."
The Bitter Bistro