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mom and pop The Great Hall: mom and pop
By Snuffaluff (Snuffaluff) on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 09:10 am: Edit

what's the main difference in working between mom & pop restuarnts and bigger, "name brand"?

I ask b/c I'm going into an Italian m&p today to see about work.

By Ladycake (Ladycake) on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 10:55 am: Edit

I prefer "Mom & Pop" because the owners are right there and you don't have to wait for policy. I once worked for a big "name brand" outfit that wanted total control on recipes, even for specials. The problem was, they were in Columbus and we were in California. It took weeks to get an answer on anything and then they wanted their chef's to cook it up and we all know what happens then.....

When the owners are right there you can get feedback and have a more personal relationship with them (hopefully that's a good thing).

Good luck!

By Ladycake (Ladycake) on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 10:55 am: Edit

Also, much less politics!!!!!

By George (George) on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 11:07 am: Edit

It really depends on the mom and pop.

Can be heaven or hell depending on how you get along with them. There is also much less likelyhood of benefits and stability because things are totally personal, with no overlying organization to keed personalities out of it.



By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Thursday, May 15, 2003 - 10:09 pm: Edit

Mom & Pop has it's pros & cons like G said, also, they may pay cash, but you do lack insurance and other benefits, there's a feeling of family and a feeling of making a difference.
With th ebig chains, you are just a number; with benefits and probably more chance to move upwardly.
It just depends on your philosophy of life I guess, I have done both with pros and cons for both. In the end I prefer a Mom & Pop to work for, if you are young, go for the upward mobility and experience
Good Luck!

By Snuffaluff (Snuffaluff) on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 10:59 am: Edit

cool... I didn't make it yesterday, but have re-schuduled for Sat. Morning. They own two places here in town and are about to try and open another in a more "upbeat" section about 10 +/- miles away.
I think I'd enjoy the learning experience of the one on one better than just doing the same thing all day long. Anywho... I"ll letcha know how it goes.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 11:24 am: Edit

Opening a restaurant is an awesome experience!!!!!
Especially if it's sucessful from day 1

By George (George) on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 11:33 am: Edit

Getting opening experience looks awsome on a resume as well.


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