All I Needed to Know I Learned on a Saturday Night
From our friend and colleague – Bill Marvin, The Restaurant Doctor –
These were taken from a list of 101 sent to me by Bob Hayes of Chart House years ago. Thanks, Bob! It doesn’t seem like much has changed about life in the restaurant biz!
- Not all birthdays really are.
- No dishwasher enjoys classical music.
- If the valet needs to see you right away, take a gift certificate with you.
- It’s really difficult to make Thousand Island dressing at 8:30 pm.
- If a family is waiting long, you’ll get to know the children real well.
- Never give the bus person the keys to your small wares storeroom.
- If a guest tells you their dinner was OK … it wasn’t.
- Restaurant staff have more car problems than the national average.
- If the broiler person is down to one chicken, it’s too late.
- Service staff who talk a lot about tips usually don’t earn a lot of tips.
- It is important to unlock the front doors when you open.
- Never leave your keys in the server station.
- The safe will never open on the first two tries if you’re in a hurry.
- You’re never out of baked potatoes for only ten minutes.
- Only write notes to yourself when no one is watching.
- Ramekins disappear faster than teaspoons.
- The kitchen and the bar will always need you at the same time.
- You really can smell coffee burning from across the room.
- It’s fun to walk outside for a few minutes every hour or so.
- Children like more than three crayons to color with.
- When the table is ready for the party of twelve, you will find they are no longer a party of twelve.
- A reservation who is 20 minutes late will not see it that way.
- Always check for a reset button before calling the electrician.
- When you rush, you will always put sweet and sour in a screwdriver.
- Always thank your crew for a job well done.