I’ve been doing some ad and menu design work for a few of the better restaurants around these parts (especially meaninfgul as a former food service industry worker myself. I enjoyed my years working as a prep and line cook. The pay sucked balls, and the hours weren’t much better, but it was nice being active all day, working with interesting people and with my hands, and getting to put out a real tangible artifact.)
In an alternate universe, cooks are paid well and get copious benefits like paid vacations and sick days and health insurance, while investment bankers and the other scoundrels skimming the fat off our land… yeah they end up cleaning the grease trap at the end of the night and take out the trash instead of being the ones who can afford to eat out without thinking about it.
In exciting news for downtown Durham Dorian Bolden will be opening the Beyu Caffe on the street level of the Snow Building. I worked on a business card design for the Beye Caffe using their existing logo, and it looks like we’ll have another moderately priced lunch joint (and one whose menu is more adventurous) and a decent coffeehouse. Talking with Dorian—who is an amazingly nice guy and clearly has put his all into every detail of the cafe operations—he made clear they will pride themselves on good service and attention to detail.
Two, count ‘em two, cash registers to handle the lunch rush.
A pick-up area separate from where you place orders.
and the barista will not be the cash register person!!
Meaning if you go in and just want a cup of coffee to go, no waiting five minutes in a line of three because the persons in front of you ordered some candlyland vegan latte with extra cocoa sprinkles, and the other person is writing a check for her triple decaf espresso. Counter service, it is clearly lacking in Durham, hopefully some of the other joints in these parts will take notice of what Dorian and company bring to the scene. I for one and am tired of making call-in orders for lunch and joints don’t even pick up the phone. What. the. funky?! Get it together people. And why are places closed downtown on Saturday night? Yo, give your employees a key and have ‘em open the joint up if you don’t want to work Saturday.