What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the partner/manager of Sakura Sushi & Grill.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I manage pretty much everything from cashier to the kitchen. I order supplies, food, and I also do the bookkeeping.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
This is my first restaurant. I have worked as a waitress but before this, I was contract manager for our own cleaning company. I still do contract work at the Academy.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Meeting people and getting to know them. This is a natural for me. We have a family atmosphere here and I enjoy meeting a variety of different people.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
I would like to do some more decorating and have a Dadami style dining room. Itís a more traditional Japanese style of sitting arrangement (with a little twist).
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Sometimes dealing with the more challenging customer is harder than anything. Iím surprised because I have had training in customer service/sales. Even though I am used to dealing with people, a few (actually only two) couldnít understand the difference between Japanese and oriental foods. Overall, everyone is very nice and supportive. I also had to pass a ďsushi riceĒ test. Itís where I had to cook up three batches of rice with just the right ph balance and take them all the way up to Fort Collins for testing in order to get a certificate to give to the health department. I passed the test!
What makes working on the Westside special?
Itís different than any other place. Itís more funky. Thereís a lot of mix. The people are proud of what is here, the historic buildings and history. They are more open-minded and have a freer spirit. There are also a lot of events. Itís alive!
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