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World’s First Underwater Restaurant

This restaurant has just moved to the top of my "bucket list"! World's first ever undersea restaurant called Ithaa was opened at the Maldives Hilton Resort & Spa. Dine 5 metres below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island's unique underwater restaurant. Marvel at 360� views of reef and marine life, sip champagne cocktails and sample Maldivian-Western fusion cuisine at this spectacular Maldives restaurant - the world's only aquarium-style restaurant. This would truly be an amazing experience.  The restaurant only seats 12 people, formal attire is required, they only accept cash and children are only allowed at lunchtime. All restaurant managers…

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Crash In a Jet Plane Hotel

Near a beach that's within Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, the Hotel Costa Verde doesn't lack for great sights. But few are as amazing as its own 727 Fuselage Suite, a salvaged 1965 Boeing 727-100 that looks as if it's crashed into the Costa Rican jungle (it's actually mounted atop a 50-foot pillar and reached via a spiral staircase). The jet's interior was once able to hold up to 125 passengers, but there are few reminders left of its days in the service of South African Airways and Colombia's Avianca Airlines. The suite's two bedrooms, dining area, and…

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Your Escape Pod Awaits

Colored bright-orange for easy visibility, the '70s-era escape pods that make up the Capsule Hotel once hung outside oil rigs, ready to be deployed in case of an evacuation. Recycled by self-proclaimed "garbage architect" Denis Oudendijk, the fleet of pods now rotates among different moorings in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. At the moment, two are in the western Dutch town of Vlissingen and another is in The Hague. For a kind of James Bond-meets-Barbarella twist, opt to book your pod with a disco ball and all the spy's movies on DVD. It's a super-kitschy nod to a similar…

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Casual Dining Shows Signs of a Turnaround

 Joe’s Crab Shack  plans to open several new stores in the coming months, breaking ranks with many other operators in the beleaguered casual-dining segment. “We are very optimistic,” said Kevin Cottingim, senior vice president of human resources for the 113-unit, Houston-based chain. “We had a pretty good year compared to the industry.” With operators such as Joe’s Crab Shack gearing up for more stores and raising their employment expectations, casual dining is beginning to show signs of a turnaround, according to third-quarter data from the People Report Workforce Index. After trending downward for 10 quarters, the overall index reading for casual…

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Restaurant Metaphor on Health Care

Health Care is the topic of today.  The thought of our government managing the nation's health care system is very scary.  We can't even get the simple things right.  How many of you are capable of filing your own tax returns?  The very basics are so complicated that most Americans have to pay someone specially trained to complete their annual tax return.  Look at the new Cash for Clunkers Program that was supposed to stimulate the car industry.  There are reports everywhere that states are not getting their money and of consumers taking 6 hours to complete an application.  A friend of mine works…

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The 4 Hour Work Week

This is one of my all time favorite books. I have read  The 4 Hour Work Week three times and its a regular "go to" on my night stand. Those of you who know me, already know I will probably never retire, but if I was like most Americans, and followed the "retirement age" logic (whatever that is) to have the life experiences one usually dreams about when they retire, I would be doomed to repeat the mistakes made by most people.  There are many things I want to do with my life that involve two things – money and the most…

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Unbelievable Restaurant Concept!

So fellow restaurant recruiters, do you think you could find restaurant managers for this concept? What are your thoughts? Do you think a restaurant with the Toilet Theme would work in your neighborhood? Would you eat here?  Would you take your kids to this restaurant? This is pretty crazy! I think even the best recruiters may find this to be a challenge!

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The San Francisco Sourdough Eatery Plans Up to 100 New Locations

The Milwaukee Business Journal recently reported that the San Francisco Sourdough Eatery Inc. plans to expand its franchise into Wisconsin, eventually opening as many as 100 locations over the course of the next three years. In addition to the Wisconsin locations, the chain is targeting Nevada, Utah and California for future expansion. To experience this kind of growth during a recession, the San Francisco Sourdough Eatery  must be doing something right. Maybe it's the chain's world-famous sourdough bread, fresh ingredients and specially blended spread that make the "Premium Deli Cafe" so successful. During this time, it's great to hear positive…

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Chain Restaurants Offer Free Food During Recession

Whether it's to introduce an customers to a new menu item,  launch a new location, or celebrate National Cow Appreciation Day, restaurants everywhere are finding reasons to give away free food.  As the recession has played a discouraging role in regards to  spending habits, free food giveaways are a great way for restaurants to get people through the door and show goodwill. There are many creative ways that restaurants have chosen to distribute free food. Often it involves a coupon that you can download online. Chick-fil-A got a little more creative this July, when it asked customers to dress like…

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Patrice’s Book Recommendations

I'm sure many of you, if you're in the recruitment or hospitality industry, have the same problem that I do - how to prepare great meals when you don't have time (or in my case the skill!) to be a gourmet chef.  Crock Pots can be a life saver!  I know many people think of heavy winter meals when they think of slow cookers, but this books gives you tons of recipes for all seasons.  It would be worth your time to check out! You can order it by clicking on this link to Amazon. It only costs about $14. Biggest Book…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I was in search of a Management Position with a notable concept in Las Vegas; and being fairly new to this city, I came to realize that like most busy cities, it’s all about ‘Who You Know.’ If it weren’t for Amanda Hebert of Patrice & Associates, I’d likely still be looking. Amanda reached out to me, and we had extensive conversations about my resume, my education, and my work experience. She was professional, prompt, easy to talk to, and very thorough. She had a list of clients that were just my style. Amanda set up interviews, encouraged me along the way, and followed up afterward. Her strategic placement, and attention to detail made for easy interviews. I was so impressed with the brand, as I was familiar with their concepts in Los Angeles. The team made me feel welcome from the start, and saw my experience as valuable. Next thing I know, I received my offer letter at the end of the week! Having Amanda in my corner felt like having a big sister on the other end of the phone.  Her warmth, and genuine excitement for me meant the world to me. Many thanks to Patrice & Associates for having the kind of recruiter who cares about their clients’ success.   With Gratitude, and Thanks, -Nikki Nilssön Amanda helps Nikki find a job!
  • Chris Giles provided excellent customer service, making sure neither I nor the Employer dropped the ball on correspondences. He is always quick to get back with and answer to any question, whether through emails, texts, or calls. If you have heard others opinions on Patrice & Associate representatives, Let me tell you; my experience was awesome. Mr. Giles shot down all doubt! His tenacious skill, communication, and determination produces spectacular results in record time. Thank you again. Respectfully, Don M. Chris Giles helps Don find his next job!
  • First let me say that in all my years in the work force, Stephanie was a pleasure to work with. She was very knowledgeable in the working aspects of the field that I was pursuing .

    Her professional demeanor and her desire to help her clients went above and beyond the call of duty.

    I would strongly suggest that if anyone is looking for help in getting placed in their dream profession , Stephanie should be your person of choice!

    Thank you, Art F.

    Stephanie helps Art find an awesome job!
  • I am very proud and pleased to say that I start my new career with Hooters this up coming Tuesday! I am beyond excited to start my new beginning.  I would like to take a moment to point out that my recruiter Rick Kallsen was absolutely amazing! From day one of my job search he set my mind at ease with the whole process of finding and applying to new potential employers and gave me a positive feeling of support. He even updated my resume. Rick was spot on when introducing me to employers that matched exactly the kind of environment I was looking for. He provided me with solid advise on communicating with potential employers and throughout my entire interview process and job search Rick was always a phone call away , he always answered any questions I had,  and also gave me positive feedback. I defiantly felt as though we were a team and he had my best interest at hand. I am grateful to have had Rick as my recruiter! Thank you so much Rick! Shonti Bennett
  • Corina is the best recruiter that anyone could ask for!

    She helped me lock down the most amazing job ever! Jordan Goetz Corina is the best hospitality recruiter that anyone could ask for! Beer Program Manager, HopCap Minneapolis