Wednesday night I had an awful nightmare. I was working at the Spaghetti Western when someone from the Harribalsac called and said they really needed me to come back. I left, mid-shift, and went back to the Harribalsac! I’m really stupid in my sleep. Anyway. When I got there, it was the same disorganized bullshit, the same bitchy customers, the same asshole cooks, the same crappy food, and on and on and on. In the end, I was sitting outside under my van crying, hoping I still had a job at the Spaghetti Western.
Last night I ran into a former co-worker. She said the Harribalsac was a disaster. They only had 2 servers that night because everyone has quit. I’ll bet that was fun. They always had 5 or 6 servers on the floor in the summer and I can’t imagine trying to run a night shift that short handed. We had 3 servers last night at the Spaghetti Western and we got our asses kicked. (The Harribalsac seats 98, the Spaghetti Western seats 76.) Apparently, they are getting new owners on Wednesday…people who owned a Dairy Queen for 20 years. I don’t know which direction they will take the Harribalsac, whether they will keep it as sit down dining or turn it into fast food, but I think it’s hilarious.
If they could run a dinner shift with only 2 servers, it’s because no one is eating there. That’s what happens when you let the monkeys run the zoo. In all the time I worked there, they never had trouble keeping waitstaff because the money is so good. The back of the house was a revolving door, but servers stayed for the busy months. I can’t imagine how fucked up it’s become to make servers walk away from hundred plus dollar nights.
I guess the Stepford Wife’s plan to make everyone really, really happy by constantly interrupting their meal to pressure them into buying dessert didn’t pan out. I guess she didn’t save the business by carrying tea and water to tables and handing out gift certificates to everyone who hated the food. So sad. I don’t know, but maybe getting rid of some shitty cooks would have been the place to start.