Monday, October 30, 2006

Prep day

This past week went much smoother. The combination of a couple of things: 1) the herds of people died down a bit....because of the rain, a lot of them tried it last week and a lot of people are just driving on because the parking lot is full (I am very limited on parking). 2) we have become far more efficient in the kitchen. Last week we were not prepared for the people coming, this week we were. Getting orders out has sped up a lot. It was much easier this week. I've got a guy who used to work for me landscaping coming to work here......it'll be a couple - three weeks but when he gets here it will make life for Bo and I much easier. We've gotten a great response to the food but this week we had our first few asshole customers. Those of you that know me know that my greatest challenge in this venture will be holding my temper and my mouth. I've done well so far. One guy from Michigan asked me why I dont have coupons and that he didnt eat at places that didnt have coupons. Before I could get a word out he told me that because they were already there they would go ahead and eat but that I should have some coupons the next time he came back. Hopefully by then I'll have a book of coupons printed out for this guy, so I can take that book of coupons and beat his eyes out of his head with them. I had another woman, with a "yankee" accent, tell me the fries were too greasy. I didnt even know how to respond to her.....really......I didnt know what to say. Its a freakin' BBQ joint for cryin out loud!!! I should have told her how sorry I was and that next time she should try the garden greens with tofu and blackberry vinaigrette. At any rate, I've got to get to the joint and start prepping sauce, chili, etc. for the week with Bo.

5 comments:

lovelife said...

I am sure you will allways have someone bitch at what you do. It's just part of life.

Anonymous said...

Coupon book .. funny stuff

Anonymous said...

coupons...why stop there!! what about a frequent diner card that can get punched - you know ten sandwiches = a free tshirt...I would tell the guy that McDonalds is right down the road...and thankfuly McRib is back on the menu....

Michael

Anonymous said...

Was the guy's name Burton by any chance?

m.a. said...

Next time, tell her to speak with your wife and it will be handled.

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