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Death and Taxes and boredom at work


Up until three weeks after taxes are due, restaurants and bars are slower than other times of the year.  It's true what they say, there's nothing certain in life except for death and taxes.  I would like to add "slow restaurants" to that list.  Because during tax season, nobody wants to go out to eat and spend money.  Now I know what the "death" part refers too... working in a slow restaurant, is death.

I get a lot of these types of questions during this time:

"When do you guys get busy?"

"Slow tonight, huh?"

"How do you stay open?"

I would like to respectfully answer all of these questions at this time, and my answer is, "I don't have a f@*king clue!"  Seriously, that's like going to your friends party, and asking them if anybody else is coming, or when is it going to get fun.

Why not just enjoy the experience of of slower restaurant, and be happy that your server has the time to give you a little extra attention, rather than the place being overpacked and your server constantly giving you the finger saying, "I'll be with you in a moment."  (And I mean the index finger, but I'm sure the "other" finger will shortly follow.)

When I am not waiting on tables at my restaurant job, I do what is called "side-work."  Everybody who works in the service industry just shivered while reading that.  Because that is the boring, monotonous work that we must do to ensure that we have enough supplies, and that the place is clean, in order to serve our guest better.

However, once that work is done, and while waiting for customers to come through the door, I must find other alternatives to amuse myself.

There is a grease board at many of the restaurants that I have worked, and I have occasionally drawn some pretty epic murals to pass the time during the tax seasons.  I would like to share some of those with you now.


This one shows the struggle of a place needing to remodel, but sometimes people and things stand in the way.


Sometimes a place is open, but the signage is not properly in place to let the customers know.  It's all in how you look at it.

UHG!... I can't wait for tax season to be over.

Until next time... Server's don't pay their rent with compliments.

"Bitter.  Party of 1?  Your table is ready."

The Bitter Bistro

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