Skip to main content

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

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER CLICK HERE

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Empty Restaurant Syndrome

When Charles Dickens wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," he must have worked in a restaurant that used to be booming, but had come crashing to a halt.  Time cannot be crueler, than time standing still in an empty restaurant. I've noticed that restaurants have busy and slow seasons.  Yes, there are some restaurants that are busy 365 days a year.  Spago in Beverly Hills is one of those places.  But for the rest of us peons who couldn't get hired at one of the cash-cows, we work at places that suffer from great highs, and extreme lows.  When it gets close to tax time, my restaurant is slow.  When the holidays roll around, business picks up with parties and bosses acting like they care by paying for the company to have a 3-course meal. Right now I am in the midst of the slow season.  School just started.  Families are adjusting to their fall schedules.  Whatever!  This in turn has given me ample time to reflect on my life and how long I hav

You Got Yelp!!!

What better way to get through the work week than to pick on the people who's parents truly should have considered contraceptives before having sex, the people who write negative reviews on Yelp.com. As always, I have found someone who embodies the spirit of "douchebaggery."  Who alone, stands to make a mark on the world because he is THAT important.  (And by mark, I mean skid mark.) Scott B., from Beverly Hills, CA makes the list.  His review is short, direct, and abrupt, because he's "got places to go people!"  Here's what Scott had to say about one restaurant in Los Angeles: "If you have an unlimited amount of time and an equally unlimited amount of patience, than this place might be worth it."  It's nice to see that Scott was stepping out of his box to test himself on this theory. "If I ever indeed got serviced within the time frame I had to eat, I might chance the food again!"   Since Scott is obviously an alien, h

10 Ways To Get Better Service At A Restaurant

I have noticed that there are many variables that can lead to a bad dining experience, and for the customer to say that they received "poor service" has become cliche, and just the "go to" for when all things go bad in a restaurant.  Here is a Top 10 list to help customers have a positive experience the next time they dine out. 10.  SIT AT THE FIRST TABLE THE HOST GIVES YOU "This table's too round.  This table's too brown.  This table's just right."  You are not buying real estate.  So for you to pass on the first, then the second, and even the third table option the host gives you is beyond ridiculous.  The tables are all made the same, have four legs, four chairs, (if applicable,) and are strong enough to hold food, drinks, and purses.  And if you pass on a table, now you've messed up the floor plan that the host has prepared at the beginning of their shift, and everybody in the restaurant takes notice as you are aimlessly walking a