Veronica Starzinksi Position: Server Years in the industry: 17 Como Park Grill, St. Paul Veronica: Crabby holiday people. Me: There’s crabby holiday people? Veronica: Oh yeah. They’ll bite your head off if you mess up.
Frances Lundheim Position: Assistant Manager Years in the industry: 12-15 Finnish Bistro, St. Paul Christmas music. It’s my favorite thing because it’s fun to hear, but working, you hear it a lot and it becomes my least favorite thing.
Sean Harrison and Elliot Rahal Position: Server/Assistant Manager and Server Years in the industry: 22 and 6 Kafe 421, Minneapolis Elliot: I can’t go home. Sean: It’s completely unpredictable how busy you are. It’s feast or famine. It makes it hard to schedule.
Kenzie Gavick and Michael Pauley Position: Bartender & Cook Years in the industry: 7 and 9 Sporty’s Pub & Grill, Minneapolis Kenzie: Half the people get more grumpy. Half the people get more giving. Michael: My favorite thing is having a good excuse to not have to see relatives I don’t want to. My least favorite thing is not being able to spend more time with my mom. Shared favorite: Holiday pay.
Shannon O’Neill Position: Server Years in the industry: Catering, 17; Restaurant: 10-plus Stout’s Pub, St. Paul I personally love working during the holidays. Tips are better during the holidays. Everybody is in a better mood. It makes it a lot more enjoyable.