You know you’ve opened a restaurant when…
*You showed up and there were no windows and electricity, and you did intro night with flashlights and jackets.
*A piece of long sheet metal fell on you during a directional on the back dock in Tennessee.
*You took the entire staff out in a field, and played Zoom during the health department inspection.
*You spoke English, and Jacques spoke Spanish, while writing the prep list in French.
*You have a beautiful flip chart that has been filled out the night before, but because it somehow ended up under the contractors’ building plans the next morning, that you were told not to touch, you redid them on the fly just before your class. You find them later, but you’re bitter.
*Your Bar trainer gets pink eye and you run back and forth between discussing a wait list and proper jigger pours.
*You taught Broil everything they need to know on the back dock, with a Weber grill and sheer determination. (Was that Sara? She’s awesome!)
*The fire alarm gets tested, but you don’t mind, because there are hot looking fireman walking around, and all the females are smiling.
*You meet the AD while he is holding a drill and is wearing jeans. (We love Utah)
*You made up a chant based on a famous song by Tenacious D, but called it, “Train them softly”
*You’re a man, you’re dressed like a cheerleader, and you just sang a chant in front of all your associates.
*You missed the chants in order to buy more items at Wal Mart for Apple Store.
*You understand Praise in public, berate in walk-in.
*You own a Rainbow Fro. (Where are you, Brock?)
* You just gave the best POS class ever, without screens or monitors, in a hotel lobby next to the restaurant that has no Certificate of Occupancy.
* Your food show was amazing, even though your only resource was a plate presentation manual and pieces of felt with sharpie grill marks.
*The AD’s girlfriend got arrested after VIP.
*You realize most of the fraternization policies are based on a group of trainers from MN. (Lovin you!)
*You had a 20-minute conversation about a teaspoon, a tea hottle, and whether or not a bevnap is involved.
*A 52-year-old woman showed you how to make sweet tea the ‘right way’ and you will never forget the story she told you about her last job as she was making it.
*You are serving fries that look very similar to the ones at a place down the street, which happens to be from the KM’s brother’s second job.
* You cried in front of Miguel Fernandez as you took a walk around the building.
*You’re in Alaska, and you just counted 37 boxes of rice noodles.
*You're in New York, and the owner shows up in a limo. (Zane Rules!)
*You paid $10 to walk into a strip club, but sneaked out 15 minutes later when you saw one of the new hires working there.
*You walked to the restaurant from your hotel every day, and never saw the sun.
*You don’t care if housekeeping walks in when you’re naked, but if bugs you when they take the special glass you were using to mix drinks with.
*You’ve been open for a week and there is still no liquor license in site.
*You trained a 17-year-old host how to change a urinal cake after you just decorated a “scrubby caddy” with puffy paints and tied pretty ribbons on the handle of a toilet brush. (Not one of my finest moments, I tell ya.)
Let’s keep this going. Lots of funny moments out there. -Andi