Today is National Waitstaff Day!

May 21st is National Waitstaff Day! JB Hook's is the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, and a huge part of that is our outstanding waitstaff! Today we are here to help give you background information on the history of waitstaff and some ideas on how you can celebrate the day! Keep reading to learn more.

History of Restaurants & Waitstaff

1787 | ​The French Revolution 

Before the French Revolution, food sales were strictly controlled by something called guilds. For example, you had to be a member of a specific guild in order to sell that particular kind of food. If you weren't, then your food sales were illegal. Crazy, right?

Once the French Revolution happened, guilds were banned and a lot of home chefs lost their jobs. The most ambitious of these chefs decided to start their own restaurants with aristocratic style they picked up in the homes where they had worked. Servers were often butlers and footmen that had also served in these aristocrats' homes. Thus, the restaurant was born!

The 1800s | Restaurant Industry in Europe & North America​

As transportation became easier in the 1800s with trains and cars, there was a lot more travel in these areas. With people travelling away from their homes, there was a greater demand for restaurants. As restaurants popped up, a lot of jobs were created and people moved to the area to work​ as waitstaff.

The 1900s | Chain restaurants

Restaurants grew even more as places like White Castle, McDonald's, and others started fast-food chains that spread rapidly through the United States.

The 2010s | Return to Local, Fine Dining

While fast-food restaurants are still undeniably popular, the trend in food service has been moving back to fine dining in local restaurants. Consumers are more and more conscientious, pushing to support local businesses and small business owners. They also are looking for more sustainably-sourced ingredients and food that is flavorful and healthful instead of just quick and cheap.

JB Hook's is the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for our legendary fine dining, beautiful views, and talented and caring waitstaff. We are proud to be a local restaurant that serves the best steaks and seafood at the Lake!

Celebrate at JB Hook's! 

Celebrate National Waitstaff Day today with the incredible waitstaff at JB Hook's. Our servers work hard to make sure your experience exceeds your expectations! They really missed being able to take care of you while we were closed to dining in. Come enjoy an incredible meal at the restaurant and say "hi" to your favorite server. Any compliment, kindness, or extra tip that you can give them will be appreciated so much. Even more than that, we are all thrilled to be able to see you face-to-face again. So come on down and have a great night at Hook's... See you soon!

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