Singer Wally Joseph, who has been playing guitar since he was knee high, was performing on the sidewalk in front of Hope Breakfast Bar in St. Paul when we asked how his job had changed during the pandemic. “My bookings have been great: 28 gigs in 30 days. Bigger bands can’t be booked so I’m doing a lot of private parties and patios nonstop.”
We asked Ellen Bordeaux, a host at Smack Shack in Minneapolis, what the best and worst part of her job was: “The worst is dealing with rude people. We’re like the customer service desk. The good is that it’s a pretty causal job and you know everyone (FOH & BOH) and that’s not always the case.”
Kevin Fisher, a server at Baldamar in Roseville thought a vaccine would be what it would take to make people comfortable enough to dine inside again. “Some people are comfortable, some not. I’m the 'not that bright,’ I listen to the bright people,” he said, tongue in cheek.
Edison Steele, who works the counter at the new Bellecour bakery in North Loop, told us he was thankful that his brother is home from college during this time. “I’m also thankful …not to have to worry financially. If everything collapses, I’d at least survive for a while.”
Adrianne and Mojave at Caribou Coffee were asked in May what it was like to work in a mask (this was the beginning of the mandate). “They’re hot (and they’re not talking about how they look). But customers appreciate that we’re wearing them. The one problem is they make your upper lip sweat.”