Abigail Sailors, an 18-year-old college student and waitress at a Lincoln, Nebraska Cracker Barrel restaurant, has already endured more hardship than most people experience in their entire lives. After her mother was gravely injured in a car accident, her father was deemed an unfit parent, and Sailors and her four siblings were sent to live at a foster home. The siblings were abused by their new foster father, who was eventually sent to prison. For nine years, the siblings were split up and shuttled to different foster homes, before finally being reunited and placed together with loving foster parents.
And in spite of all of this, Sailors has maintained the kind of positive attitude that has earned her the unofficial title of “happiest server” at her restaurant. So when two men came into the restaurant last week asking to be seated with the grumpiest server (so they could cheer him or her up), the host declined, and insisted on seating them in Sailors’ section instead. Keep reading »
CeCe Bruce has been working as a server at an Indianapolis Steak ‘n Shake for the past two years while going to school part-time. One of the restaurant’s regular customers, who is known as Miss Jo, comes in at least once a week, and developed a fondness for Bruce. After eating breakfast at one of Bruce’s tables earlier this week, Miss Jo asked if she could leave a “ridiculously large tip” on her $6 bill. Keep reading »
Glory of glories. All of the culinary world’s dreams are about to come true. A rumor is a-brewin’ that Lindsay Lohan may soon be a restauranteur. There have been reports that Señorita Lohan has been spotted slinking around the premises of a what is soon-to-be a “high-end Mexican restaurant” in NYC’s swanky Tribeca neighborhood. Don’t try to book your reservations just yet, it’s still just a rumor, but we can’t help ourselves. We already have so many ideas for Casa de Coca (that’s what we’ve decided it should be called). Our ideas after the jump. Maybe she’ll hire us as consultants… Keep reading »
The world is such a wonderful place. It is a place where a restaurant exists called S**thouse, which serves food in mini-toilets and bedpans. The Beijing eatery was started by Feng Lu who says she had the idea to open the joint after discussing the biggest dumps she’d ever dined in with her friends. The conversation prompted her to open “one big toilet.” I’m not sure I understand the logic, but I don’t care. The S**thouse concept makes me extremely happy. And it’s making lots of others happy too. It’s such a huge success that there may be a chain of S**thouses coming soon. Yay! Please come to New York. I seriously can’t wait to eat noodles out of a toilet. [Metro]
OK, I’ll admit that the Twilight obsession has officially gone too far. [The Robert Pattinson panties didn't do it? -- Editor] Personally, I’m a total sucker (heh) for the whole vampire trend. I read all of the Twilight books, saw the first movie, and recently fell in love with “The Vampire Diaries.” Whatever — the trend will end at some point. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my vampy entertainment. But now a couple, Annette and Tim Root of Forks, WA, decided to cash in on the obsession by launching a restaurant in the town where the books are set. Crossing the line much? It will be named Volterra, after the Italian city where the Volturi vampires live and so far it’s set to open next spring. What’s on the menu, considering vampires only eat blood? Appropriately, steak will be served (the rarer the better I’m sure) along with seafood options. Huh. What’s next, a glimmer charm school? [Eater] Keep reading »
The 670,000 women in the British service industry wonâ€™t let you call them sweetheart — or baby, or darling, or sweet cheeks, or even honey. Just like the women in 9 to 5 sans the ball-gagged boss, Women and Equalities Minister Harriet Harman is putting an end to womanizing in overlooked workplaces. Minister Harman has used her new position to create a statute that will require bar, restaurant, hotel, and even gym managers to be responsible for protecting their female employees from sexual harassment. Since service industry jobs are known for their client lip service, the change is expected to cost British companies 10 million pounds to enforce, according to the government office. So while sexist comments might make the employees feel cheap, the repercussions certainly arenâ€™t. Keep reading »