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I'm easily annoyed by screaming kids (although I do manage to maintain the veneer of civility).  I'm not sure what the solution is.  Obviously people need to eat and it's probably unreasonable to expect parents to just stay home til the kids are in their teens.  But I am also on the record as saying that the service and atmosphere are as important to me as the food.  Since I work 50-60 hours a week when I do have time off I like to go out for dinner with my brother and...
Jeebus, if an exec is making $35k then they should be jumping for joy at the prospect of the new laws!  Obviously if a guy is twelve grand below the threshold they're not gonna bump him up. The tough thing will the folks in the middle ground. Plus this is going to be a weird new pay negotiation.  Say you have been making $40,000 on salary and the owner now if forced to put you on the clock.  How the hell you decide what that figure is going to be?  Salary negotiation...
I dunno, most of the time you're weeded because someone dropped the ball.  The FoH seated and rang everything at once, there's an issue with the POS system, you're short a hand, you have insufficient prep, etc.   But it's a kitchen is also a bit like a sports team- even when you have your A-team on the field sometimes you still get run over.  I've had that "off nite" where I missed a temp or two on steaks, missed some modifiers on tickets, etc.  Since a well run kitchen is...
It looks like new rules have been formally adopted.  The one concession to reader comments is that the threshold has been lowered to $47k and change, down from the $51k and change they initially wanted.  It appears that the new rules will take effect on Dec 1st so now is the time to start planning.
I just got out of an abusive marriage with Ecolab myself.  The contract was in place before I got here but it was obvious that we were getting screwed so I cut the cord.
Very true, CNN.  A couple years ago my niece went to culinary school.  When I found out I just shook my head and wondered why the hell she didn't talk to me first!  I could have told her it was a waste of time, especially since she went to LCB.  As I predicted she couldn't handle the rigors and didn't even make it through her externship.  And of course now LCB has filed for banko and is closing.  It's sad since it was once a pretty good school.  But even for a good school...
I would suggest thinking in terms of HACCP and the flow of product from the back door of the kitchen right on out to customer's tables.  Lay things out so that deliveries are made and products stored away from the back door and closer to where they'll be used.  You shouldn't be able to step out of the walk in and be out the back door in two more steps.  This minimizes shrinkage.  It's also more efficient for cooks.  As an example the best restaurant I've worked in was very...
I suppose it seems that way to you, but just remember that in order to bake an apple pie from scratch you must first create the Universe.
 That fantasy is what keeps the whole rigged game limping along.  As Steinbeck said, "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."   It's why the lottery is such big business.
 That's what I'm getting at.  Everyone seems to think they're living at the end of history, that all of the millenia of human progress was prearranged to lead up to their graduation from high school.  Here's a news flash (and this is not directed at  you, Jake)- the 13.84 billion years since the Big Bang was not designed just to create capitalism.  It's not the ultimate economic system, it's just the current one.  It will last until the next one.  Human kind has had many...
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