What it’s like to return to the restaurant industry after years of desk jobs, unemployment and... oh yeah... curing cancer. Part 1 of 3.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)
Recently I was just hired to be the General Manager of a faced paced, well attended, celebrities in-and-out, Times Square restaurant. Now, I’m not unfamiliar to restaurant management. I managed Alice’s Tea Cup, Chapters 2 and 3, for a few years.
and my father has owned and managed a ton of restaurants in the Hamptons while I was growing up. I was brought up in the restaurant business. The tiny curly haired, Annie look-a-like who waddled around the bar area eating all the Maraschino cherries she could find. Humming the tune Shirley Temple, as Heidi, would hum while setting the table for her misunderstood grandfather.
Patrons of these restaurants JUST loved it?
Years later, when I was old enough to actually earn a pay check, I got a bussing job at the restaurant where my father manages. To this day it was the hardest job I’ve ever had. Physically the hardest hard. But... my body never looked better than after those summers. I then moved on to do some hostessing and reservation management at this 4 STAR Hamptons food hut. Favorite moment: clearing Michael J. Fox’s plates and telling him he was an inspiration to which he replied “This Tuna is an inspiration.”
I learned fine dining at this restaurant which would end up becoming extremely helpful to the job I am currently employed at.
(*NOTE: To any NYC residents who are reading this and
are planning a trip out to the Hamptons...
BE NICER and MORE ACCOMMODATING to those who serve you.
Thank you for your time.)
Then moved to California and worked on the Warner Brothers lot, assisted a casting director, experienced the worst job I’ve ever had and taught a classroom of Asian kids...
STAY TUNED for PART 2.
Moved to California from New York at age 14 and entered the professional world of writing at 17 on the west coast. Rising from sketch comedy with a background in theatre, Pam collected what she had learned over the years and compiled it into playwriting. She co-founded The Unknown Artists (www.theunknownartists.org) with Emily Clark and continues to be prolific within this fantastic company. www.uaplayclub.wordpress.com
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