There is a certain camaraderie amongst restaurant owners that allow us privilege with each other’s psyche. The bon between those who stand behind a stove in an effort to make a fortune or those who employ those who stand behind a stove while losing a fortune is the basis of a club compiled of members with on common goal- make money while enjoying life. This obviously is not always the case and often the two paths never cross.
But, April Fool’s Day has always had a special place in my heart as it ha been this day that I set up friends and fool’s of year’s past whose friendship has stayed somewhat strong although distance has come between us.
Take Bradley Jones for instance. When I called Bradley, a well known
When Jones told me his name was Bradley Jones not Bradley Ogden I asked “Who the hell is Bradley Jones.”
Needless to say he went ballistic. He didn’t calm down until April 3rd after he found out it was me on the phone rather than Norm Greene.
With the current dilemma we are all facing, it may be time to have a little fun with your fellow restaurant owners. Here are a few possible topics to consider addressing.
1). Call your neighbor and let him know that someone had just dented the fender of his car, probably illegally parked in front of his restaurant.
2). Call a restaurant owner and tell him you are the produce vendor, S&G, (every city has an S&G produce house) and that you are calling to collect on the bill that is over a year old.
3). Try the utility company story, PG&E, the water department, or the garbage collector. Convey the message you are coming down for a check or all service will be stopped.
4). Angela’s mom or dad could be on the phone letting the owner know that she will not be in for the evening shift.
5). Why not cancel that big dinner party for Friday night that was scheduled for 22 people.
6). The Health department visit is always a good one to get the blood flowing.
7). How about calling and telling the owner you are the restaurant down the street and a customer was in the other evening and was raving about a certain dish. Ask for the recipe.
8). The borrowing of the table and chairs always works well. Call and let your competitor know you are so busy you need to borrow five tables and 20 chairs.
9). When the phone rings tell the person who answers that you are from the dairy company and you need to know the date on the milk in the cooler. Have you ever looked at a date code in a dimly lit cooler? When they return thank them.
10). Ask your neighbor if he had heard about the new sewers they were putting in front of his restaurant and let him know the street will be closed for the weekend.
Of course in normal circumstances these would be horrific pranks to pull on anyone. But as we all know, restaurant owners are tough skinned diligent types who enjoy making money and enjoying life. If you can only do one of those, it maybe enjoying life… and having a little fun.
Happy April Fool’s day.