Just a Healthy Rant About Your Average A-hole

It’s no secret that working in the restaurant biz, you’re bound to have the displeasure of dealing with the lowest of the low; the scum of the earth if you will. If there was a contest for having met a crap load of crap when it comes to humanity, I’d win. Well, that’s a little ambitious but I’d definitely be in the running. If it’s not those to whom the […]

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CAN I BUM A DRINK?

People are walking around with such gigantic balls nowadays; bringing them everywhere they go, showing them off like they’re something to be proud of. Let me tell you, it takes a lot of balls to be able to walk out on a check. As a bartender, I’ve had that happen a few times. It gets busy, you forget to take a credit card at the beginning, or you decide that […]

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8 TIPS ON HOW TO BE A BETTER BARTENDER

There isn’t a bartender out there that thinks, let alone says out loud that he/she is not a good bartender; especially not the ones that undeniably consider themselves ‘the industry’ folk. Proclaiming that you are in the industry instead of just brushing off your bartending days as something you do to pass the time and pay the bills until your acting career takes off or whatever carries with it a […]

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“I Hate People. I Wish I Was Drunk”

Anyone that’s ever stepped foot into the restaurant industry has at one point or another uttered the words “I love people”. The amount of truth that lies in that statement is equivalent to the amount of health that is contained in a tub or Ranch dressing. I do however believe that we, the hospitality industry folk weren’t always this jaded. I do believe that ‘I love people’ wasn’t always just […]

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One of Those Stereotypes that Proves to be True

Out of all the stereotypes out there I often find the ones about Asian people to be most entertaining; mostly because they have an extensive record of being precisely on point. Not only are they usually the smartest ones in the room, and with Indians by their side they will probably rule the world one day, but they’re also pretty consistently terrible behind the wheel. Most importantly though, as business […]

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The Hell That Is ‘The Well’

Whether it’s referred to as ‘The Service Bar Well’ or ‘The Main Well’ it can be either pretty mundane, almost irrelevant even, or complete and utter hell, depending on the type of place you work in. Some restaurants get an initial bar crowd that samples the cocktail list and indulges in that which the wall of liquor has to offer; then they move to the dining room, switch to wine […]

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Restaurant Industry Uniforms and the Statements They Make.

When you walk into a restaurant you’re supposed to be able to decipher who’s a patron just like you and who actually works there, and uniforms help you do that. It’s not all they do; they also help you understand what type of an establishment you’ve just walked into. Uniforms portray the vibe of the place like nothing else. The bartenders tend to be able to get away with something […]

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Fine Dining & Everything that Goes into it: Chapter 10

* Importance of a Properly Made Espresso Making a decent espresso or a cappuccino can be a very intricate and tedious process. A lot of people in the restaurant industry don’t know much about espresso because well, they were never taught. How hard can it be, right? You fill the handle with ground beans, stick into a machine and press a button; it does all the work. Well there’s much […]

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Fine Dining & Everything that Goes into it: Chapter 9

* Importance of an Appropriate Happy Hour Happy Hour is designed to get people into your restaurant during the time between lunch and dinner, to prevent an otherwise empty bar area. It implies special deals on food and drinks and definitely attracts a certain type of crowd. While it’s good to have ‘Good’ Happy Hour specials to make sure the people come to your place and not the one next […]

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Fine Dining & Everything that Goes into it: Chapter 8

* Importance of Advertising Word of mouth may be the best form of advertising but in order to get those mouths into your restaurant to begin with, you have to promote. Being cheap about it by posting an occasional ad in the newspaper simply isn’t enough to say that you pay for advertising. Get with the program – everything is on the internet these days. You have to succumb to […]

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