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DTHSummer Opportunities '89Tuesday, April 4, 19895
4DTHSummer Opportunities '89Tuesday, April 4, 1989
Available positions include openings for waiters, bartenders, dishwashers and others
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The door Is open for summer employment at Spanky's
Local restaurants serving every
thing from fast food to fine French
cuisine offer a wealth of job oppor
tunities for students who will be
remaining in the area this summer.
Local restaurants employ students
in a range of capacities from
dishwashing or busing tables to the
more sought-after jobs waiting tables
Waiters and bartenders usually
make more money than some of the
other employees, but these jobs can
be the most difficult to get because
students tend to keep them and work
through the summer, said Michael
Mezei, a senior from Mt. Holly, NJ.
"There is a little bit of a hierarchy
about the jobs in restaurants."
Mezei has worked at several local
restaurants, including Ham's and La
Residence. During the summer he
worked approximately four shifts, or
25 to 30 hours per week.
"Most of the jobs are only part
time, so I don't think anyone should
expect to make a ton of money," he
Working part-time has its advan
tages. Mezei said he was able to take
two summer school classes in addi
tion to his job and still have free time
during the days.
"I prefer to work during the
evenings so I can have my days free,
so I work some strange hours some
times," he said.
In general, working at a restaurant
is a good way to earn money and
is fairly enjoyable, Mezei said. "Some
jobs you like, some you don't. It
depends on the people you work
Many local restaurants experience
a decrease in business during the
summer, but most will have at least
a few openings available because of
graduating seniors or other student
employees who go home for vacation.
Crook's Corner attracts a "town
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Like many restaurants,
crowd" and does the major part of
its business when the University is
closed, said Manager Bill Neal .
"We do most of our business from
April to October," he said. "We are
probably the only restaurant in town
who increases their business in the
On April 10, the restaurant's patio
will open and the restaurant will
double in size, Neal said.
The restaurant will hire people to
work as cooks, bartenders and in
other capacities, and students are
eligible to apply for any of the jobs,
Students make up fewer than half
of the employees at Crook's Corner
and there are no allowances made for
the academic calendar, Neal said.
But some students stay on even
after graduation, he said. "There is
very little turnover here. Most people
keep their jobs if they can."
Waiters and waitresses at Crook's
Corner receive a base pay of $2.35
per hour and can make excellent tips,
Neal said. Bartenders and busboys
are paid $3.50 per hour, and bartend
ers also receive tips.
"This is one of the few places you
can really make money," he said.
Almost every job at Crook's
Corner requires previous experience,
Neal said. In addition, he looks for
employees who are dressed fairly well
and look clean, modest and
"If they walk in chewing gum or
smoking a cigarette, they're out," he
said. "I want to see respect for the
restaurant when they walk in the
Restaurants have different applica
tion processes, but most require a
completed application and personal
Competition can be fierce. Crook's
Corner receives an average of 50 to
100 applicants for every available
waiting job each year, Neal said.
Some restaurants will hire students
Ham's loses business during the
for the summer, while others are1
looking for a more permanent com
mitment from their employees.
Students who are available for the
summer only can find a job at
Darryl's Restaurant & Bar, but the
restaurant, employs a smaller staff
during the summer, said Manager,
Ot the 150-member staff at Dar-j
ryl's, more than 60 percent are
students and are employed as waiters;
waitresses, bartenders and
Spanky's Restaurant will hire
about four new employees for the
summer, and the pay depends on
prior experience, said Perry Dowd;
owner's assistant. More than 50
percent of the restaurant's ' staff i
students, and there is a high turnover
"I look for honest and hardwork
ing employees that work well with a
group under pressure," Dowd said.
"Intelligence is also a big factor. A
lot of what they (the employees) lo
they pick up as they go; some comq
in without experience, but if they are?,
quick to learn, they can turn out to
be some of the best people."
Applebee's is now looking for
kitchen help, which pays a minimum
of $4.50 per hour. Students are not
hired for summer employment only,
but it is acceptable for them to work
full-time in the summer and drop
down to part-time hours once classes
begin in the fall, said Kay Farmer,
Shifts at Applebee's range from
four to eight hours in length, and
students work an average of 20 hours
per week, she said. About 85 percent
of the waiters and waitresses are
students, and several students cook
or tend bar. j
"I hire drive, energy and person
ality," Farmer said. Applications are!
accepted at any time and are kept on
file until there are job openings, she,
" look for honest and hardworking
employees that work well with a group
Perry Dowd, owner's assistant at
At Four Corners Restaurant,
students make up 96 percent of the
staff, most of whom are hosts,
bartenders or waiters, said Kelly
Dolan, assistant manager.
"Students are drawn here because
it's a late-night hangout and a fun
place to go," she said. "Most of our
employees like to come here and hang
out when they're not working it's
like a family here."
Students interested in summer
employment should come to the
restaurant in mid-April to fill out an
application and to have an informal
interview, Dolan said.
In the summer, the staff decreases
from about 75 to 30 people because
the restaurant is seasonal, she said.
Students who do not work in the
summer are guaranteed their job in
the fall, and many students choose
to work at the restaurant all four
years they are in college.
Students who want to go away for
spring break or other vacations are
always allowed to take off from work,
and as a result they develop job
loyalty and the turnover rate is very
low, Dolan said.
Waiters and waitresses at Four
Corners start at $2.01 per hour and
on a busy night can earn as much
as $125 in tips. Busboys and hosts
are paid $4 per hour, she said.
Ian Schwartz, a junior from
Rochester, Minn., works at Four
Corners as a bartender and said he
averages $8 to $9 per hour during the
week , and $16 to $17 per hour on
weekends, including tips.
He said he plans to work during
the summer while attending classes
at the University. "It's the best job
for a student to have it's pretty
basic and the stuff stays the same,
but I like working with and interact
Wendy's ali-you-can-eat Superbar includes pasta and salads
ing with students.?
La Residence owner Moreton Neal
described her restaurant as "a very
bad summer job place," because she
almost never hires anyone for short
term employment. And with the
decrease in business during the
summer months, she finds it unne
cessary to hire many new employees.
However, La Residence has several
student employees who bus tables,
prepare salads and cook.
Waiters and waitresses must be
able to read and pronounce French
fairly well, and should have expe
rience at another restaurant, she said.
"I usually don't hire students as
waiters or hostesses, because most are
underage , and cannot discuss wine
Most kitchen jobs at La Residence
pay between $4.50 and $5 per hour,
and busboys receive between $3.35
and $5 per hour plus a percentage
of the tips. Waiters are paid $2.01
per hour and can make approxi
mately $40 to $110 in tips per night,
Ms. Neal said.
Fast food restaurants also offer
students opportunities for summer
employment. At Taco Bell, students
account for almost half the staff and
start at $4 per hour, with a pay review
after 30 days of employment, said
Manager Phil Tetreault.
The hours are very flexible and can
be set according to a student's class
schedule. The minimum number of
hours an employee is allowed to work
is approximately 10-15 hours per
week, and most students choose to
work an average of 25-30 hours per
week, he said.
Burger King will hire only three or
four new employees this summer.
Employees should be available to
work on weekends, and should be
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willing to stay until closing time on
some nights, said Assistant Manager
Kurt Gibson. Employees start at $4
per hour, and raises are based on test,
At Pepper's Pizza, employees are
hired and are taught every aspect of
the job, including cooking, running
the cash register and washing dishes,
said co-owner Erwin Shatzen. "This
allows for more flexibility, and makes
it easier on everybody."
Entry-level employees start at $3.50
per hour and receive $4 per hour after
they finish their training period. "The
training period can last as long as they
(the employees) decide it should last
whether it be one week or one
month. There are no time limits, but
they should be realistic about it,"
Experience is not a requirement
but applicants should be outgoing
and should have the ability to work
well with others, he said. "We have
a low turnover rate here, hopefully
because they get treated well and
enjoy their work."
Applications are accepted at
Pepper's Pizza at any time, and two
Or three new employees will be hired
fbr this summer.
" Shatzen, who has worked at res
taurants for 17 years, said students
should not be afraid to call back and
express interest in a job. "Persistence
is worth it if it is a job you want.
If the interviewer says they'll call back
in a week, and they dont call them.
You dont want to bother people, but
if they say they'll call back, they
Put yourself behind a
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Look Into working at Franklin Street's Four Corners
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