Observations About Working At A Restaurant From Mimi Pond’s Graphic Memoir

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Pond’s new fictionalized comic diary shows what it’s like to work at a punky 70’s Oakland diner. ‘Over Easy’ comes out with Drawn & Quarterly at bookstores on April 15.

You start at the bottom.

But beg for the job nonetheless.

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To bussers and dishwashers, the waitstaff are the stars of the restaurant.

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The kitchen’s always spying on the floor.


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And waitstaff gets punished for the kitchen’s blunders.

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Everyone knows the entire sexual biographies of their coworkers—

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—As well their hopes and insecurities—

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—Professional stress, and drug habits.

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Brunch shifts are a nightmare.

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The growth of kitchen filth deserves its own Newtonian law.

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Waitress’ perk: eating beyond your means.

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This is your dispersion tactic at closing hour:

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And at closing time:

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Being promoted to waiter/waitress at a prime hour is a momentous occasion.

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The book comes out with Drawn & Quarterly on April 15. By the way, the Imperial Cafe is still open as Mama’s Royal in Oakland.

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