Thursday, February 2, 2012

It's very hard work running a restaurant; the Darjeeling Café is no different from others in that respect.
We pay more than anyone else in town, we are offering health insurance, we try to make this place a family with its people. Unfortunately, none of that is enough. And now that we've been so good to people, the people we've hired have become lazy and then withered. It's been a chore trying to get spoiled workers to do their jobs. So big changes have taken place, and it's been painful and hurtful, but I'm really excited about the next step.

Many restaurants have had huge change-ups in their first six months. It's funny that we have been in business for four years but feel like we are starting all over again here. At this point, we just want to work with people who want to work and don't complain all the time about working. If you don't like this business, why are you in it? If you don't want to be a chef, why are you bothering? It's a tough job. If you can't handle it, don't bother working in this industry. I'm on my feet something like 70 hours a week. Sometimes 80. It's hard work. Cry-babies need not apply.

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