t’s no secret that parenthood is difficult. In this episode of Restauranttopoia, we ask the question, do you want your kids to work in the restaurant industry? Traditionally speaking, the restaurant industry employs 33% of the teen labor force. We talk about what parents are going to be asking before they send their child to work at your restaurant. Check out Episode 64 to hear about the highs and lows of working in a restaurant.


  • Long hours
  • Late hours
  • Demanding
  • Toxicity
    • From guests
    • From management
    • From co-workers
  • Fast-paced
  • High stress
  • Dirty
  • Safety issues
    • Sharp edges
    • Hot grease
    • Volatile chemicals
  • Sex, drugs, and rock n roll


  • Essential teamwork element
  • Professionalism
    • Punctuality
    • Discipline
  • Interpersonal Communication/Diplomacy
    • Happy Customers
    • Unhappy Customers
    • Abusive Customers
  • Mentorship
    • Access to dedicated entrepreneurs
    • Access to mistake makers
  • Life Skills
    • Time Management
    • Organization
    • Money handling responsibilities
    • Cooking
    • Hospitality – it’s not about you, it’s about them…always
  • Subjected to diversity in both ethnicities and socio-economically
  • Amazing camaraderie and friendships
  • Good money/short hours (FOH)
  • Exposure to success and failure
  • Transferrable skills to other careers


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