I guess I’be been a little busy. Last week, on my birthday, I had the pleasure of hanging with Apollo:
We really enjoyed our vist! It was odd not having his toddler brother Atticus busting in on us laughing or screamig. I do know Apollo enjoyed the break. And I bet Atticus enjoyed his time with Mommy. BTW……HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY ATTICUS!!!! He’s getting old..
Here he is a year ago:
As for the restaurant….WOW. It’s been kinda crazy there with the heat and people’s vactions, illnesses and a death in someone’s family. Managing isn’t easy and it’s taken some learning by trial and error.
Let’s see what have I learned so far?
1) when you are about to leave and feel like you have forgotten something….you have! Stay till you figure it out.
2) when something is blarringly obvious to you NEVER assume it is to others! Sometimes we forget that simple details aren’t always so simple to others. Example: when doing dishes always wash the greasy bins last.
3) be doggedly persistant! Always check that the jobs are done with your own eyes. Don’t let your guard down for a minute. If you do an avalanche will ensue. No exaggeration. LOL
4) when creating a staff schedule insist that planned absences are given to you in writing, two weeks ahead of time. No exceptions. When you give someone a break because secretly you’d love to take time off of work to do “that” STOP! DON’T DO IT! It will always bite you in the ass. That old saying “no good deed goes unpunished” is TRUE!
5) you will NEVER be done punching fries! I don’t care which staff member it is….nope..not enough….punch another bag!
There have been many mistakes and revamps of how to keep things running smoothly. Some were kinda funny…after the fact. Some were very eye opening. And I’m sure there are more to come.
C’ya next time.by LynnM with no comments yet
It’s amazingly scarry to think about my first holiday weekend as manager at Sandcastle. Last year was crackalackkn NUTS! I’m so worried…..”Do I have the right amount of staff?”, “Did I order enough of everything?”….and if course I keep thinking of new tasks and concerns. ……
YES it is a beautiful sunny afternoon and I think a yak (kayak that is….lol) is in order.
Stay tuned to AS MY STOMACH CHURNS lolby LynnM with no comments yet
That’s right! We open on Thursday. As the new manager, and I mean that quite literally, I am hamstringn’ stressed! LOL.
Working for two years at Archie’s Seafood Restaurant on Commissioners Rd. opened my eyes to the restaurant industry. And, I believe, I was taught by the best! I never did envision myself working in a restaurant of any type but I needed the job and it wasn’t as a waitress. (Before you jump on the band wagon I think waitresses have a very stressful job and HATS OFF! to the good ones.) Waitressing reminded me too much of being a mom…..been there, got the T-shirt. *a little side note – I do recommend the food at Archie’s. It’s quite yummy. LOL! They have the best garlic bread with cheese I’ve had in a very long time. If you get nothing else there try that!
So I worked take-out first. Friday nights were always crazy. Then I learned about how a kitchen runs and how to organize myself so nobody walked out the door with the wrong order. Doesn’t sound hard,right? Guess again. Then I started cooking on the buffet, flipping omlets, cooking pancakes, french toast and waffles, sometimes eggs, etc. After that I started working front of house, seating people, clearing tables, running food for buffet. Anything that needed to be done. And all the while learning about managing employees, scheduling etc from my good friend. (also my manager….see? Goes to show. When you are looking for a job, sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know…cliche but so true.) So…what’s the point? I LOVED IT! Who knew? I have always been a bit of a foodie.
This is my favorite part: I wanted more hours so I started working at Sandcastle in Port Bruce! Became Ass. Man. Teehee….. I love saying that. Marianne showed me a lot about how this Beach side restaurant works. Yah! That’s right! I said it! BEACH SIDE!!!! What?? My dream job! I look out the windows and I see my lake! Yes…I will share. If I have too….GRIN.
Well, Marianne had a baby. Really cute little baby girl. I asked and was given the position of manager. WHAT? Yeah…me. So….needless to say I have been busy setting up scheduling. Hours talking to suppliers and trying to place orders that give us all we need to open and not run out, BUT….also stay within budget. Checking with the Health Unit because everyone has to have a Food Management Safety Certificate. Trying to make sure I can keep track of waste, etc and portion control on the food. Lots of paper work but I figure once it’s set up I’m good to go. And I have to wave a big hello to my BFF, Chrissy. Her brains are good pickn’s.
I’ll be back to share the adventure after we open. Have fun till then.by LynnM with no comments yet
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