Dionte Brown Crew Member Years in the industry: 2 Nelson’s Deli St. Paul The cons are people expect so much high service and for us to be in a perfect mood all the time. Since our restaurant isn’t a sit-down place, there isn’t a whole lot of time for socializing. You have to compact all your human compassion into a couple brief moments. The pro is that the overall environment and working together has a lot of enthusiasm and optimism.
Garrett Ottney Bartender Years in the industry: 7 Blue Door Pub (Como Location) Minneapolis The volume of people coming in really increases and they are ready to spend money. A con would probably be the later part of the holidays when people tend to stay in, save money, and eat their leftovers.
Laura Prust Barista Years in the industry: 4 So Good So You, Minneapolis When I worked at a coffee shop that was open during the holidays, customer appreciation for being open was really great. It’s a good reminder to get that face-to-face interaction with people and to remember that there are good people in the world who are very grateful for what they have.
Emily Hagen Crew Member Years in the industry: 15 Just/Us St. Paul I haven’t worked a holiday here, but at one location I worked at, Black Friday totally destroyed my Thanksgiving experience. It can be fun to have people in the holiday spirit, (and) at one place I worked someone would make cookies that I could bring home. Holiday parties are fun, too. If you work at the right place, they will take care of you.