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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

How the Daily Grill Grills Their Servers

posted by on July 11 at 13:45 PM

First thing: If you didn’t read last week’s Bar Exam about Daily Grill, do so now. (First paragraph: “Despite a half-dozen signs posted outside heralding its presence, downtown’s new Daily Grill is easy to miss. The exterior of the building, kitty-corner from the Cheesecake Factory at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street, is nondescript in the extreme, and the sheer profusion of “NOW OPEN” signs has the effect of negating them altogether. The name Daily Grill also has a way of sliding out of the mindóCurrent Restaurant? Everyday Eatery? Quotidian Brazier?…” All hail the Clement!)

Now: Someone has just emailed to me a leaked document. The leaker (in reference to this Slog post) writes:

Recently I found a quiz from that place. See the attached image. I doubt I could ever grasp enough server knowledge to work there.

The whole thing (several pages, one big image) is here. Here’s just the first page:

firstpagequiz.jpg

Thanks, gluechunk.

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Can't wait to go in a correct the wait staff when they make errors: "The burger condiments should come BEFORE the burger but after you clear the soup bowl" and I will pretend to write notes on a pad of paper.

Posted by Touring | July 11, 2007 2:09 PM
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When I was 16 I worked at a Double Rainbow, and had to take an Ice Cream Quiz after one month's work (worst question: what is the make/model of the cash register?). This seems relatively benign.

Posted by S | July 11, 2007 2:27 PM
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yeah, that's pretty much basic stuff for anyone not working at a cheap restaurant.

Posted by konstantConsumer | July 11, 2007 2:40 PM
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Am I the only one counting 49 points possible?

Posted by Calculator | July 11, 2007 3:38 PM
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I will go there simply to congratulate Amberly for her 44/48 score, and test her to see if she has learned everything there is to know about the Cobb salad.

Posted by Andy | July 11, 2007 5:23 PM
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The answer to every one of those questions is inescapably obvious. If the source claimed to be unable to answer such a "difficult" quiz, then they should confine their restaurant experience to the dishwashing machine.

Good day.

JTC

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 11, 2007 7:05 PM
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The Daily Grill is a sign of some real problems at the Seattle Sheraton: They recently did a purge of all of their older (better paid) employees, including all of their restaurant and room service staff. Although they saved all that money, you will not notice a reduction in the average room rate.

They should have gone union when they had the chance. Hopefully, this blood bath will wake the remaining employees up, and get them to act in their best interest. Seattle has become a top tier city, from a tourism standpoint. It's about time the line employs got a piece of the action and some protections.

In the meantime, I have no intention of patronizing their tacky restaurant, no matter how well the staff does on their silly test.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | July 11, 2007 7:06 PM
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I'll go the other way: I'd patronize the restaurant because it has open employment and doesn't force employees to join a union.

Except that Tango, Ballet, Machiavelli, Honeyhole, and a zillion others are nearby, so I probably won't.

Hopefully this quiz is in addition to confirming that a server has personality..

Posted by Alf | July 11, 2007 8:54 PM
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Oh yeah - I can just see little Alf, stopping at every restaurant and hotel and timidly asking if they had union employees before he set foot in it.

You don't need to be so scared of organized labor, honey. Some of the finest hotels and restaurants in this country are union. It's no skin off your ass either way, is it?

I don't mean to get all Norma Rae-ish on you, but I really don't understand why some people are so threatened by the idea of employees organizing. I know unions aren't perfect - far from it - but I also know that corporations are, by nature and intent, sociopaths - and that employees have to look out for themselves. Unfortunately, too many of today's employees are too scared to do that.

My 82 year old mother is enjoying a financially stable old age with a set income from my late dad's pension plan, and medical benefits. She has that because dad's company provided those benefits. They provided the benefits because they were afraid of the company going union.

Compare that with today's clueless worker, who probably considers himself "above" unions: Who'll be crying the blues when they have to make a 401k stretch out until they die? Mom will never need to work at Wal-Mart or MacDonalds. How many of us can say the same thing?

To be fair, unions need to reinvent themselves. If people would stop being so afraid of offending the companies, and start contributing to the labor movement, we could have a much stronger middle class, and a much more equitable nation.

Or we can continue to believe the big lie of Rugged Individualism, and make bravado-filled statements about how they won't go near a restaurant for fear the employees might be thinking for themselves.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go sing "The Internationale"

Posted by catalina vel-duray | July 11, 2007 10:08 PM
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Catalina, *applause* and thank you. Well put.

Posted by Geni | July 12, 2007 3:14 PM
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wow. talk about beating a dead horse. how many times are you going to mention the stupid open signs? is it really necessary to write a review of a restaurant just to make fun of the employees and show the readers how much smarter you IMAGINE yourselves to be? hopefully there's an even number of employees so everyone can participate in the mutual masturbation.

Posted by suckycriticandpal | July 12, 2007 5:36 PM

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