Stories from The Wee Restaurant
This month we’d like to introduce you to Keri. Keri is one of longest-serving members of staff and a real trooper. She started at The Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry in 2011 when she was 15 in a front-of-house role, working a few shifts at weekends and the occasional weekday evening when we were busy.
It was her first job and she was a little nervous. “I was super shy when I first started. I knew next to nothing about wine and I didn’t know what half the things on the menu were!” But it didn’t take long for Keri to learn the ropes. “After a month or two, I really began to love the job, and I started to get to know many of the regulars.”
Six and a half years on, Keri is still working front-of-house (with a few pot washing shifts thrown in!) and has worked full-time over the last two summer holidays when she has time off from university. She now predominantly works in our Edinburgh restaurant, however she never turns down the opportunity to cover a shift in North Queensferry if she’s needed!
An average shift for Keri involves her greeting the customers, ensuring they are happily seated with drinks and helping them decide what they’ll have from the menu. Keri continued: “We really are one wee team, so we all pitch in and help each other whenever someone else needs it on a busy shift. There have even been a few occasions when customers have had their meal brought to them by the chef on a very busy shift!”
Keri is about to enter the final semester of her degree in nutrition and food science, and she hopes to work within the food industry as a food technologist. But she says she would never turn down the idea of working in hospitality again.
“I absolutely love my job, and the thought of leaving in a few months once I’ve finished my degree makes me slightly emotional. I’ve made some amazing friends over the years and learned so much.”
And we’re also emotional at the thought of losing such a great member of our team, she feels like a member of our family. Keri has learned a lot working with us. She’s discovered a passion for food and wine, taken on lots of responsibility and found her confidence. The shy 15-year-old has blossomed in a very competent and confident young woman.
“Craig and Vikki have been incredible to me over the years, just like they have with my colleagues. Working for them has been and will continue to be an absolute pleasure. I’ve got some amazing colleagues, who I’m happy to call some of my greatest friends and who make working at The Wee Restaurant a blast.”
We’re looking forward to the next few months working with Keri, and wish her all the best when she moves on to pastures new.