Maybe I can keep this topic alive! Reading all the stories made me want to share some of mine.
York was my 1st job from 1978-1981. Northgate Mall, Cincinnati Ohio. Started as a "cold side" girl and moved up to "Hostess" in just a little while. I think I made $2.32 an hour. I loved working there and think it gave me a good work ethic.
The food was out of this world, awesome. I'm going to the Columbus, OH store this weekend and hope it is worth the trip.
Good Employee Stories:
1. Our senior regional director was a very picky man. One day he sat down with me and my GM to discuss the finer points of keeping caps on salt/pepper shakers clean. He went on talking for probably 1/2 an hour telling me that I did not have the proper technique to get all the finger prints off and he wanted to be sure that I would not have to be told again. After he was finished (and I was a speechless), my GM said to me "if you can sit through all that, you deserve a raise" and promptly gave me a 25 cent on the hour raise! I don't think that is what the senior director had in mind!
2. One night while retrieving steak sauce bottles: take a bus cart and take all the bottles off the tables and put them on the bus cart. once you have one layer on, take a large aluminum steak tray and put that on top of the bottles. put more bottles on top of the steak tray. repeat until all the bottles are off all the tables. roll the cart into the back and into the cold side cooler for the night.
This process takes a loooong time! We weren't allowed to start anything until the last customer left the restuarant. That was York's deal. Anyway, it had to be around 1 a.m. and I was pushing the cart back, rolling over the carpet, just about to hit the brick floor and WHAM! the entire cart tipped over and steak sauce bottles broke all over the place.
After some help from my mother(didn't drive at the time) I got it cleaned up and went home for the night.
That builds character!
3. A broiler chef and I used to sing "Renegade" by Styx. He was on the grill and I was in the dining area. York would be so crowded and loud on a weekend night, no one paid any attention to us. Scott would start out "oh mamma, i'm in fear for my life from the long arm the law", then i'd sign the next line and so on. just to the part where Tommy Shaw kicks into the guitar part. It was great!
4. Any other hostessess out there remember filling up ketchup bottles and having the glass bottoms burst? How bout pouring coffee, "would you like a fresh, hot, delicious cup of York Steak House coffee?" and how many steak plates could you fit on your arm, smile and serve?
and on something every York employee knows: PASAY!!
i'm glad I stumbled upon this forum and thanks for bringing back the memories.