Crew - Dickeys Barbecue Pit (Pasadena)
Where do I begin with this?... Dickeys. UHG! BBQ is a passionate business, (ask anybody in Texas,) but adding a "fast food," or "Quick Casual" element to it is a tangy recipe for disaster. (See what I did there?) And why are people constantly trying to create new hybrid atmospheres for restaurants? Casual fine dining. Quick casual restaurant. What's next? Fine dining fast food? People need to hit the brakes as far as how fast the food needs to be delivered to the customer. If you're in that much of a hurry to have your food cooked, then maybe you should eat astronaut food.
"We are looking for people that want a stable position." So clearly, if you're an insecure person, who's from a broken home and is not flexible, then this is not the place for you. But they want people who can do it all. They want someone who can be a cashier, food prep, FOH, BOH, and a dishwasher. But nobody who just wants to be a server. That's just lazy. AND, the best part of all, if you are skilled with a knife, you will get special consideration. The last person you want to have "knife skills" is someone who has to work in the service industry. I'm glad I don't have knife skills, or I might be in jail right now writing this post.
Flaming Saddles (8811 Santa Monica blvd)
Ah, Flaming Saddles. The name just says it all. But apparently, you have a be a "jack-of-all-trades" to work there. I've joked both onstage and in this blog about how being your server is much more than just being your server. Now potential employers are finally saying just that. "Bartenders who can dance, dancers who can bartend..." Why stop there? They should include these: Hostesses who can do root canal. Food Runners who can do Lasik Surgery. And, Managers who can shoe a horse.
Even though my restaurant is painfully slow right now, I'll stick with what I have... for the moment.
Until next time... Server's don't pay their rent with compliments.
"Bitter. Party of 1? Your table is ready."
IT DOESN'T GET ANY BITTER THAN THIS!