Tales from the Café: High Turnover Rate

Time: Thursday, 3:49 pm "Yesterday was Meghan's last day," Autumn said, leaning back against the counters in front of our coffee pots. It's the height of the lull between lunch and dinner, and we're each waiting on something before we can move on to our next task. "Yeah, I know." I sighed. "And I guess … Continue reading Tales from the Café: High Turnover Rate

Tales From the Café: Contents Under Pressure

Time: Tuesday, 6:46 pm It was a quiet night. Normally we would have seen our first rush by now, but the café is only about half full, leaving most of us servers wandering around aimlessly under the guise of doing something productive. (Sometimes we actually do productive things, since pissing off the managers is usually … Continue reading Tales From the Café: Contents Under Pressure

Tales From the Café: Can’t Win ‘Em All

Time: Saturday, 12:49 pm On weekends, during the day, we do brunch. This throws people off sometimes, since we switch up the menu a good bit for those two mornings and not everything people expect to see is on there. So despite the fact that I don't work brunch all that often, I have seen … Continue reading Tales From the Café: Can’t Win ‘Em All

Tales from the Café: Love It or Hate It

Time: Thursday, 1:15 pm "Hey Hunts?" Zöe walked up behind me, and I looked over my shoulder. "86 arugula." I blinked. "We're seriously out of arugula? How did we run out of arugula?" She shrugged. "I have absolutely no idea. I don't even want to know. But just make sure that you let people know. … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Love It or Hate It

Tales from the Café: Come Here Often?

Time: Friday, 4:32 pm Mocha Time is a bit of a double-sided café. During the day, we're your mild-mannered coffee-based establishment, providing tasty caffeinated beverages and modestly priced sandwiches. At night, however, we transform in a classy corner of would-be New Orleans, smooth jazz on the Pandora and candles lit at every table. ...meaning we … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Come Here Often?

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Time: Thursday, 3:14 pm I stifled a yawn behind my elbow, running a hand through my hair as I blinked hard. It had been a long day, and I was ready for my shift to be over. Just a little less than an hour and I'd be home. I'd just start doing a bit of … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Item Unavailable

Tales from the Café: Tabula Rasa

Time: Monday, 1:48 pm I was scheduled to come in at 2, but I figured jumping in a bit early was never going to be a problem. The rush was slowing down, and I could tell it had been a doozy, just from how much still needed to be done and cleared. James, our general manager … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Tabula Rasa