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My National Geographic Assignment story of a few years back is the basis for Jose Cuervo national campaign!
Called in on a Tuesday morning. What a drag. One of the drawbacks of the restaurant business are the odd hours. Of course that is also one of its many advantages too. When you work in the highest grossing restaurant in the nation ($37 million) you are going to have to make some sacrifices. Especially if that restaurant is in one of the City’s most iconic landmarks.
This particular Tuesday it is breakfast for a group of insurance people (contain your excitement). Oddly people who work with numbers all day long are notoriously unable to figure out a proper tip on a bill, inevitably their math is wrong, and invariably it is in their favor. I don’t know why this is; I just know that it is. On top of that they are British, meaning that a 10 percent tip will be the starting point. Double ouch.
I don’t remember the first time I saw him. But sometimes first times don’t matter.
“Do you have any [insert newest hard-to-get product name]?” he asked.
“No, we don’t.”
“Do you have any [equally hard-to-get product name]?”
“No, we don’t have that either.”
Being trendy and cool can sometimes be quite difficult. Especially when everybody else is doing the exact same thing.
There is a saying, “Your freedom to be you does not trump my freedom to be free of you,” which mimics the famous legal adage, “Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose.”
Both came to mind after I received many emails in response to my column last week, “Screaming is rarely appetizing.” In it I told the story of the diner owner in Maine who yelled at a couple and their child, telling them to leave after their child (admittedly) screamed for an extended period of time.
Here are some of the responses, slightly edited for grammar and style:
When my daughter was about 2 years old, my wife and I decided to see if she was capable of experiencing her first restaurant meal. Exposing your child to experiences early and often is a great way of getting him or her socially adjusted. At least that is what the books say.
The humidity hung in the air like a living thing, making each breath feel hot and heavy. Sweat trickled down my spine, tracing its damp trail between my shoulder blades and running down to the small of my back, making me even more aware of the peculiar summer heat. It couldn’t actually rain in California in July could it? It could and it did.
The couple appeared to be both hot and bothered when they arrived at the bar. Heat and humidity and the resultant dampness can cause all kinds of issues.
Frustrated is how I felt. When you work in an industry where every tiny detail is an excuse not to get paid, you tend to pay attention to all those details. Not all industries follow those guidelines, however. In fact some insist that they get paid in advance, just in case.
Happy Independence Day. A day late you say? Not so fast. The Fourth of July might be the legally observed day of independence, but it is not the only day to fit the bill. In fact John Adams, remarked to his wife in a letter on July 3, 1776, that: “The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”
We arrived 15 minutes early for our 7 p.m. reservation, partly because I know that reservations are not guarantees, they are best guesses, and partly because I wanted to have a drink at the bar.
“Your table will be ready in a few minutes,” the hostess said.
“We’ll wait in the bar.”
She looked perplexed. “But …” she started.