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Old Man Rafferty's in AP to close

Yeah that place never gained much traction, a shame it's a very nice and comfortable space. I didn't know about the shared kitchen I've only been a time or two for drinks.

about 2 hours ago
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Old Man Rafferty's in AP to close

According to today's APP they vehemently deny this "rumor" and claim to be remaining as is.

about 9 hours ago
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Tipping during happy hour

PhilD, you would be correct if you were speaking of a privately owned establishment. However a private club as I'm describing is in fact owned in equal parts by its membership. So it's not much different than an owner walking behind his bar and pouring himself a drink. Remember the focus of this topic was bartenders receiving additional tips at a private club, not the intricacies of the bartender providing them. Regardless though in a private club situation as I described the member is the owner so it's not as "criminal" as you describe.

1 day ago
jrvedivici in Not About Food

Tipping during happy hour

JMF private club with a no tipping policy or not, tipping still takes place. I have belonged to clubs which you paid a monthly dues, which you could eat or dine against your minimum, there was a mandatory service charge ontop of your minimum if you used it, but regardless you had to pay the minimum if you ate against it or not. The last weekend of the month was always the busiest as people would want to use their minimum up by the end of the month.

Now you could only eat your minimum, wine, beer and drinks were not applied to your minimum but charged to your account monthly, in addition to your minimum. Even though the bartenders received the automatic gratuity of 18% (same as servers) a quick handshake with a nicely folded $20. ensured only 1-3 drinks ordered showed on your check.

It's a known practice and the bartender probably averages 5-10 handshakes a night. You can do the math from there.

I know many establishments in the NJ/NY area where servers and bartenders are making $1,000 - $1,500 + a week cash. The servers and bartenders are professionals and conduct themselves as such, there is a difference.

1 day ago
jrvedivici in Not About Food

Tipping during happy hour

GenoO we have agreed on many topic's in the past, but here we couldn't be further apart. I grew up in the industry and performed every job a restaurant and bar has to offer. I can tell you first hand being a server is a physically and mentally challenging job. (I am talking about pre-pos system's and food runners which most places now employ) Back when it was you a note pad and 5 tables, you had to mentally coordinate every step you took for maximum efficiency. The worst servers were the ones who were one task orientated, who went back and forth to the kitchen for ever table individually, being able to bring 1 tables salads out with another's desert or coffee etc. taught me lessons in mental organization not many other jobs could.

Compound that with the fact you are on your feet 5-6 hours straight (in every restaurant I have worked, managed or owned, servers are on the floor and visible to the customers if there is 1 table or a full house) carrying trays and in and out of a 100 degree + kitchen, the physical demands are more than most realize.

I will admit in today's world of POS systems and food runners a waiters/ress position is more of a facilitator than a true server, but there are still legitimate rigors to the job.

1 day ago
jrvedivici in Not About Food

Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

When I first moved to the area 20+ years ago the Shadowbrook was still serving ala carte dinners in their dining room. They advertised in the Entertainment Book for 50% off you check (or buy one meal of equal or greater value get one free), they also had chateaubriand on the menu for $49.99 for two. They served a very generous cut of Filet Mignon sliced/served table side with the proper accompaniments.

I would have this meal, in the Shawdowbrook with a few drinks for $40.00 for two. Unbelievable!!! PLUS they didn't "scratch" off the card so you could keep coming back and back and back. I must have had 20 chateaubriands the first year we moved down here.

Jul 11, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I do however offer Chow baby sitting services in box me for details.

Jul 11, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I tend to do the same thing, especially in cases where the poster is replying to their own post, as knucklesandwich was doing.

Jul 11, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

The Shadowbrook while certainly beautiful, I don't think would qualify as "non-traditional", it's pretty much as story book traditional as you get.

Jul 10, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Steak-tip grinder

(let alone I was ready to flag it for being "Off Topic" for a regional board)

Jul 09, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Steak-tip grinder

Dave you must be from South Jersey, Philly suburb? When I read the title to this thread I thought it was literally about a meat grinder. lol

Jul 09, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Steak-tip grinder

I've wanted a slicer for home for a long time, too long, I should have bought one years ago. I received one as a gift from my mother last year. It was a "home" model by Deni(?) and it's a POS, I hate it. Mom just passed away during the holiday's and now I can't bring myself to replace what she got me with a better one. :-(

Jul 09, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey
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An over-enthusiastic monitor...

I find you are only as safe as you are aware of your surroundings.

Jul 09, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk
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profile pic

Go to your profile page, directly under your current avatar, the "L", there should be a link to "Upload Avatar". Click that and upload whatever you want.

Jul 08, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

An over-enthusiastic monitor...

When they unveil the "Jr Board" everything will be 100% Non-Idiotic -or- we refund your subscription fee!!!

Jul 08, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

How to word invitation- not paying for drinks

Sorry if I'm getting too personal but your phrasing here has intrigued me;

"Sorry if that's tacky to some. I grew up and participated in a family and environment where liquor was always provided (and necessary)". How so was it "necessary"?

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in Not About Food

How to word invitation- not paying for drinks

Boozers are Loser's
Pay your way
Or Stay away
Ok?

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in Not About Food

Leaving half doughnuts behind

That wouldn't stop me!! I'd get my 4 halves!!

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in Not About Food

Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

Oh yeah my bad, my condolences!!!

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Condiments That Do and Do Not Need Refrigeration

Thanks to opinionatedchef for taking the time to put this all together. I'll tell you my little basic guide I use to tell what condiments do or don't need refrigeration;

I read the label.

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in General Topics

Adam Richman goes too far

Or who you...................

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News
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Restaurant for a wedding in Central NJ

Is that the place Falco Bros. does the catering for?

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Pronounce "Gouda", Please.

That's how I'm going to do it next time at the deli counter;

"Gimme a half pound of that {{extra flemmy}} Cccccchhhhhhouda cheese please"

Jul 07, 2014
jrvedivici in Cheese

Porta Problems..............

Today's 20 year olds (the age of the people reported in the article being served) looks 40 years old. (Is Tapas point)

Jul 05, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Ad floating over text on iPhone

Here ya go just about an hour ago. Froze the whole page, had to close out and restart.

Jul 05, 2014
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Porta Problems..............

Looks like someone not watching the shop......

http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/j...

Jul 05, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Allure resto. Brielle

That's not an uncommon thing, I know several places that do that if you are starting a tab.

Jul 05, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Adam Richman goes too far

Yeah he's an idiot and deserves whatever consequences he receives. You've got to know better when you live in the public eye you can't be telling people to go kill themselves. Stupid idiot.

Jul 05, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News

ice cream and milkshakes near marlboro/aberdeen/matawan?

In the Aberdeen Lanes Parking lot, near the Court Jester in the same plaza.

Jul 03, 2014
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

Or........it's so wrong it's right?

Jul 02, 2014
jrvedivici in Food Media & News