Legislation to CUT the hourly salary of servers(waitresses,waiters) and bartenders from $4.65 to $2.13 an hour!! 1 Reply

While I myself am not in the food industry (a Minister here), the State of Florida is currently in the process of working on legislation to CUT the hourly salary of servers and bartenders from $4.65 to $2.13 an hour. From what I understand, this is not a 'mandatory' action that would affect every business in the state, however it is being pushed by and certainly would be enforced by most of, if not all of the large 'chain-style' restaurants & bars. This bill is being pushed by the…Continue

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Stupidest questions/remarks 11 Replies

"the grilled salmon salad... does iiiiiit have salmon?". Seriously, real question.

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Waiter Certification -- Worth it or Useless? 4 Replies

I want to become a waiter, and I was wondering if it is worth it to get "certified" ?Will I learn much or will it be a waste of time and money?I feel that server certification is actually an inside joke, because the old guard learned on the job, and people new to the hospitality industry fall prey to the idea that the certification will help them get a job.I was looking at this company:http://www.servercertificationcorp.comThoughts,…Continue

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Am worried coworkers will spike my drink 3 Replies

I am just about to turn 21, and drinking is a pretty big part of the culture at the place I work.I am concerned that my drink will be spiked at work, people like to pick on me and tease me, normally in a funny way.But I am concerned once that I am legal drinking age someone will serve me a spiked drink where I work because it is now "legal" even though I know I do not drink because of heavy alcoholism on both sides of my family.Am I just paranoid, or is this a legit concern?If this did happen…Continue

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What is the best way to get more to join a LinkedIn group? I am familiar with Facebook and Twitter, but have found that LinkedIn seems to be a bit more difficult. Can anyone offer some advice or tips?  Thanks. LinkedIn GroupWaitress Resume/ Restaurant InsiderContinue

Tags: help, waitress, advice, linkedin, resume

Started by Restaurant Insider in Uncategorized Jul 22, 2013.

Customer Eating Rituals. 8 Replies

It's always nice to see someone get happy from the food you serve them. Just about everyone has a favorite thing to eat at a particular place, but don't you just loathe the person who has an infantile infatuation with something at your restaurant, and they make a big jack-ass out of themselves about it every single fuckin' time they visit?You have to hear the story about why it is so meaningful to them, and they modify the order to such douche-bag specs that you're certain to do something they…Continue

Started by BluntDinerz in Uncategorized. Last reply by Pham Apr 28, 2013.

reward $$$$

Hi,Was trying to think of something cooler to introduce myself with but I guess the good’ol “Hi” will have to do.I am new to NYC and yes I am an actor and yes I am a waiter. I worked previously in Boston as a server and only have catering experience and bussing experience in NYC from a previous stint here. So to get down to nitty gritty as they say I am having a shit ass luck with landing a job here. So I propose to anyone who knows somone who can hire me I will pay a $150.00 reward. I have a…Continue

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Started by Waiters Today in Uncategorized. Last reply by Fiona Smith Feb 13, 2013.

What would you do? 4 Replies

OK, so the other night I am working my regular dinner shift at a family restaurant and deli. The place has been in business for 25 years, and his highly regarded by many in the local area and beyond. Things have definitely been tough the last several years, and the owner is trying to bring this place back to lifeSo he hires this new manager for the dining room, to bring a new prospective and to energize usBack to my story. So i bring to the attention of the manger that my table who ordered 2…Continue

Tags: meeting, burgers, pre-shift, room, dining

Started by Noam Sokolow in Sample Title. Last reply by Waiters Today Feb 5, 2013.

Don't HIT your server!!!

Gosh, this seems like common sense but apparently, the country is full of dumb-asses now.  It is NEVER EVER okay to poke, grab, tug, smack, or hit your server! Maybe it's the "low class" style restaurant that attracts that "type" of person, I don't know. Currently, i'm stranded in a "glorified Waffle House type" restaurant and that's the kind of customer we get. When did it become okay to physically assault waiters? Yesterday, one of the girls came up to me and told me that she just got smacked…Continue

Started by vanessa j in Uncategorized Feb 3, 2013.

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