The Modern Waiter Podcast
July 4th

July 4th

July 7, 2020

The best American holiday… July 4th is great for the beach, the lake, the park and for back yard cook outs. For the restaurants you are most likely super slow or closed.  Fireworks are a big attraction for most people.  Not so much for me.  We take a look at how we spend this special holiday and we speculate how things will go this year with social distancing.

Back to Work Pt. 2.

Back to Work Pt. 2.

June 30, 2020

Back to work pt. 2. This week’s restaurant podcast episode takes a further look into the mechanics of working with social distancing and enhanced protective measures. I must admit I have found it a bit cumbersome. I am however happy to add another layer of purpose to my life. Let us see where it goes from here.

Uniforms

Uniforms

June 23, 2020

Uniforms. Functional? On trend? In this week’s restaurant podcast we look back at the different uniforms we have had to wear or endure. Some fit the thread of our workplace and some were a mismatch.  Uniforms should be an aesthetic extension of the theme of the restaurant, all the while allow the staff to work optimally.

Restaurant Movies: Pt. 1 Ratatouille

Restaurant Movies: Pt. 1 Ratatouille

June 16, 2020

A truly fun episode… In this week’s restaurant podcast we are going to the movies. This episode discusses the movie Ratatouille as it relates to real life restaurants. We draw parallels between the characters and their restaurant counterparts. A brilliant restaurant movie worth the rewatch.

The Pivot

The Pivot

June 9, 2020

For some restaurants things may be business as usual; a few procedural quirks aside.  For others survival relies on the pivot.  How can we remain profitable without using the bar space? How can we lean into our strengths and ride the wave of change.  We hash out some ideas of how to monetize services previously untapped.

Back to Work

Back to Work

June 2, 2020

In this week’s restaurant podcast we face the prospect of going back to work. For the select people plucked from unemployed nation going back to work raises more questions than there are answers. There are several misaligned interests. Are we safe? Are we underemployed? Will we survive?

Taking a Break

Taking a Break

May 26, 2020

Most of the world is in time out. You can call it quarantine, in this restaurant podcast we call it Taking it a Break. Danny and I recap our feelings from the beginning stages of shelter in place till now.  I draw a parallel between our collective range of feelings to the Five Stages of Grief. We also voice our frustration with unemployment. 

Brandon Bradley: Restauranteur and Author

Brandon Bradley: Restauranteur and Author

May 19, 2020

Author and Restauranteur Brandon Bradley joins the podcast. Starting out Brandon shares how he adapts to the new way of keeping safe while delivering service during the pandemic. We talk about some of his experiences in the restaurant industry and even gives us an unreal preview story from on of his Restaurant Diaries, which will become a series. His book A La Carte - The Restaurant Diaries are his stories told through proxy of a character named Carter. Restaurant Diaries shares the name with the Facebook Group Brandon created for service industry people to share fun stories and experiences. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/841958052835892/)  Many thanks Brandon (instagram.com/brandondbradley/ ) for your timeand insight. Continued success with the book (https://www.brandondbradley.com/) and your career.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

May 12, 2020

The inspiration for this show was, drum roll please, my birthday. Full disclosure my birthday was two and a half months ago. This episode got bumped to do the Quarantine Life series. Restaurants handle birthdays differently. Are you expecting free stuff when you go out to dinner on or around your birthday? Do you have to round up the cavalry to sing? Later on in the show we debate what is the best birthday cake.

Bonus Podcast: Friend of the Show Jerry Melgoza

Bonus Podcast: Friend of the Show Jerry Melgoza

May 8, 2020

Sharing is Caring. We reach out to our listeners in this week’s restaurant podcast. We are one community and friend of the show Jerry Melgoza shares a slice of his story pie.  From layoffs to home-schooling, Every state, every country is doing their own thing during the COVID-19 pandemic, so everyone has a story…

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