For the past several weeks I have been doing promos with the bellman, valet and front desk employees of various hotels to promote our new restaurant–Star Noodle. Basically I invite them to dine at our communal table and try a variety of our shared plates and house made noodles. Restaurants usually invite the guests then have the manager stop by the table at some point and say “Hi.” Not us. What makes it more intimate, I actually sit and dine with them. For a lot of the hospitality industry people, this was a new concept.
My job is not unlike a Bar Hostess..engage in conversation, entertain, bring out food, cater to their needs–however they don’t have to “buy me drinkie!” In fact, you could say it’s almost in reverse since the first cocktail was on us. How’s that? It really does add a more personal touch in getting to know the restaurant–they have an actual person to associate with it and remember what a good time they had. And we have fun, mind you I do this without cocktails! I joke with the guys that if it were a real Bar Hostess situation, they would go home broke, guaranteed! If they leave with their stomach’s full and a smile–I’ve done my job–Mission Accomplished.
That got me thinking, if I had done Bar Hostessing in college I would probably be living in Portlock (Oahu’s version of Kaanapali Hillside) and driving a Jaguar. But then again if I had, I wouldn’t be writing this now, would I?