National Waiters Day

National Waiters Day

Anyone who has ever worked as a waitress or waiter for more than a few days will know how difficult it is. The job is never done. You’ve already taken one table’s order of drink and brought the family their food. Now it’s time for the booth of loud jocks to pay. Have you done that? It looks like the elderly couple would love a refill of their coffee, so don‚Äôt wait!

Have you ever done that? That’s right, because the lady who ordered a salad without dressing got her salad dipped in dressing and now wants another. While you’re back at the kitchen, why don’t you bring the desserts to the family? Their children want ice cream and not roast beef.

National Waitstaff Day is a day that everyone should take a moment to recognize those who work hard, often for minimum wages, to feed the world.

This day’s history goes back much further than we might expect. It dates back to the 1600s, when waitstaff began serving drinks in bars and pubs. While men and women could sometimes manage pubs that served food, it was usually the owner who did the cooking and serving.

The concept of eating out was not invented until 1820s in New York City. In these settings, waitstaff were typically men wearing white gloves and performing “silver service” in the beginning. In the US, waitstaff became part-time jobs for students, particularly in the middle of the 1900s, when casual dining was more common.

Fred Sirieix, General Manager at Galvin at Windows in London, a Michelin-starred restaurant located on the 28th floor at the London Hilton, created National Waiters Day. Sirieix felt it was time to recognize all of these serving staff, including maitre d’s at fine restaurants and Starbucks baristas.

Fred Sirieix wanted to change the perception of waiters, servers, and other service workers as being unskilled. Instead, he wanted them to see themselves as hardworking individuals who have many skills that can lead to rewarding careers. Even though the UK’s National Waiters Day is now a little less prominent than National Waitstaff Day in the United Kingdom, it deserves to be recognized.

National Waitstaff Day is about showing appreciation for others in a generous and kind way. These are some ideas to celebrate the day.

Even if you aren’t a waiter, waitress, bartender, barista or any other type of waiter, today is a good day to show kindness to those who serve your food or drinks. Although it is fine to ask for extra napkins and straws if you are in a hurry, it is possible to wait for them to get it. Don’t forget thanking them for their help!

National Waitstaff Day requires that you consider how to tip for the time and place. While some tipping norms are culturally influenced, more people are accepting the tipping concept.

There are few things more frustrating than a waiter/waitress who spends hours making sure you have what you need. This is especially true if the meal is expensive.

A tip should average between 15% to 20%. Anything less than that is rude towards the server. Although it is true that 10% used to be the norm, this has changed over the years and it is important to keep up to date with modernity.

It is not clear that the legal protection of servers, bartenders, and other employees in the United States restaurant industry is adequate. It is a very outdated and cumbersome system that doesn’t compare to other industries.

Most businesses require employees to take a 10-15-minute break every four hours. Restaurants, on the other hand, often have long working hours with few breaks.

Additionally, the federal minimum wage in America is $7.25 an hour. However, it is only $2.13 an hour for waiters and servers. This is because they assume that tips will compensate. Since 1991, it has remained the exact same.

If you are a waiter/waitress, this day is the ideal time to relax and treat yourself. Think of something you have been meaning to do for a long time and finally make it happen on National Waitstaff Day.

Do you long for a day of spa treatments and relaxing with scented candles? Book an appointment now and relax like never before! Have you been hiking for a while? Or just relaxing on the beach reading a book and drinking hot tea from a thermos?

You might just be looking to reverse the roles by going out with your partner to enjoy the food, service and atmosphere at a restaurant. Whatever you choose to do for yourself, it will help you be a better person and make your job easier. You have every reason to get out and have fun.

For those not in the service industry, another way to celebrate National Waitstaff Day is to promise to be kind to your waiter/waitress. It may seem small, but it can make a big difference after a long day.


May 16 2025


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