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Why everyone needs to work in a restaurant

I think everyone should put in a two year island internship, in any type of restaurant, to truly understand the behavior on both sides. There is so much that goes on "behind the scenes" in both points of view. Good and bad.

What is the number one "event" that we partake of on Block Island, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket? Going out to a bar or out to eat. The majority of diners have never worked in a island restaurant, alas never really understanding the "inside" of what really goes on and how hard of a job it is. Yet to really bust your a** in a restaurant, comfort both front and back of house, be a problem solver in so many ways while remaining calm in extreme situations...we really do so much in so many areas. We are the ultimate major (marketing, phychologist, business, accountant, etc, etc...) rolled into one!!

I want to know what those in the industry feel towards a community that will understand all that happens (and may have been through) in a restaurant. And what those have never worked in this wonderful business think of not working in it. What knowledge have we gained or lost by our individual experiences? Is working in a restaurant beneficial to our appreciation to those who work in them?

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Comment by Robert Taylor on April 18, 2011 at 9:03am
...front desk, Lighthouse Inn.
Comment by Stephen Dolinich on November 23, 2008 at 9:07pm
Nice post! Working in a restaurant really helped mold me into the worker that I am today. I've never worked harder than when I was a bartender, waiter and dishwasher (at the old Lighthouse Inn in Narragansett)!

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