Voice of the Restaurant Industry
Thank you very much to Krista Simmons, Lindsay William-Ross, and everyone at LAist and Gothamist for running this story about the L.A. restaurant community rallying together to raise money to benefit the victims of the marathon bombings in Boston. Please share with your LA friends. Thank…Continue
Added by Patrick Maguire on April 25, 2013 at 10:13am — No Comments
Thank you to everyone who visited this site to read the last post about the customer who tried to play a little game with one of the servers at our restaurant. There were 10,542 visits to the site within a day and a half after publishing…Continue
This ode to Trader Vic, from his Book of Food and Drink, published in 1946, hangs in Drink, one of Boston’s best craft cocktail bars. I like it so much that I decided to dedicate a blog post to it. It reminds me of the old Ritz Carlton service mantra, “We are Ladies and…Continue
Added by Patrick Maguire on June 27, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
“Most of it, but it’s OK,” Stetcher said. “Things are things.” (Yvonne Abraham, Boston Globe-May 3, 2012)
When I contacted Gaia Stecher via Facebook she elaborated: “I know what doesn’t…Continue
Added by Patrick Maguire on May 15, 2012 at 2:33pm — No Comments
I’ve often described working in a restaurant as Improv Theatre. Every shift presents unique circumstances and challenges, and even the most experienced professionals can be taken aback by the audacity of the human condition.
A seasoned general manager of a popular Boston restaurant sent me a text last week requesting to meet. Based on his extensive hospitality industry experience, I knew his story would not be an every-day tale of woe. When we met for breakfast the next day, he did…Continue
According to Donna Goodison in the 12/8/10 Boston Herald, Kevin Fitzgerald, the owner of Jacob Wirth, a Boston restaurant institution, posted a memo to his servers that included the following comment and ultimatum:
“You are the LOSERS!!!” … “Change or be changed. Please, don’t force your termination for the holidays.”
The Herald piece goes on to say; The memo, posted Saturday in a private work area, included eight pages of mostly negative customer comments about Jacob…
I love getting thoughtful emails from readers with questions, feedback, suggestions and stories. I received the following email a few days ago, and it raises an interesting question.
I read your blog all the time. It is a refreshing take on what we all talk about on a daily basis and truth be told, we all just want to be heard!
I was working last night (teaming with another server) and we had a table of 7 ladies, not originally from America,…Continue
Added by Patrick Maguire on December 1, 2010 at 1:04pm — No Comments
One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants in Boston’s South End posted this on their facebook wall this evening:
Customer forgot doggie bag w leftovers. Too far away to come back and get them. Now wants gift certificate to replace them. Thoughts?
I love the fact that they post these real-life snippets. It’s genius marketing, and it lets people know what reality is on the firing…Continue
Back in March, I posted 64 Suggestions for Bar Customers. Number 36 declares, Bringing in beverages from outside of the restaurant is a no-no. My long-standing conviction about this practice led to a spirited discussion on Yelp Talk (Boston) recently when I posted the following:
Added by Patrick Maguire on September 27, 2010 at 11:38am — No Comments
Business owners and managers talk a big game when it comes to supporting their employees, but unfortunately, many of them cower during moments of truth when customers are dead wrong. Smart leaders treasure great employees because they are much more valuable than horrific customers.…Continue
There should be no doubt about the need to raise awareness about the need for mutual respect and common courtesy between service industry workers and their customers. In fact, all human beings could use a reminder about civility. If you’re skeptical at all, read the comments posted in response to all of the stories about Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who dramatically left work and the plane following an altercation with a passenger. The vitriol on both sides of the discussion…Continue
After watching Fully Committed on Sunday evening, a one-man performance starring Gabriel Kuttner, I reflected on several times I’ve seen customers behave like children when they didn’t get what they wanted. I remembered the sleazy guy from NY attempting to coax a Royal Caribbean Cruise Concierge into giving his group a specific dinner table for the entire cruise, despite the fact that he had neglected to make…Continue
Added by Patrick Maguire on August 5, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments
Restaurant workers are a unique breed. Cagey veterans are durable, resourceful and irreverently funny. They’ve seen and heard it all. They put their game face on and deliver great hospitality shift after shift, double after double, week after week. Despite their resiliency, it’s hard to be the life of the party when they’re running on fumes, the laundry and errands are piling up at home, and funds are tight. The daily grind takes its toll on even the most seasoned servers.
Added by Patrick Maguire on July 27, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments
As promised, I will occasionally post a question from the questionnaire I’m using to gather research and stories for my book. If you’re interested in completing the full questionnaire, please click on the Submit Your Stories tab on my blog.
Unfortunately the stinging comments made by the 20% of customers who are impolite, disrespectful or downright rude, linger with us long after the…Continue
Added by Patrick Maguire on July 1, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments
Book Chapter: Manners/Gratitude
Shortly after deciding to write a book, I circulated a questionnaire to everyone I knew and everyone I met to solicit their insights, opinions, and stories about customers, servers, hospitality and human interactions. I'm still accepting completed questionnaires for my…Continue
Book Chapter: Customer Hall of Shame
Where are the cops when you need them? I’ve asked myself that question several times over the years, especially witnessing cars racing by me on the highway, dangerously weaving in and out of traffic. Well, the cops were exactly where Anthony Caturano, chef-owner of Prezza wanted them on Friday night.
I had a chance to sit…Continue
Added by Patrick Maguire on March 3, 2010 at 4:43pm — No Comments