Uniforms For Fast Fooderies and the Golden Girls Café

The Lempert Report
August 31, 2016

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Uniforms have been pretty standard for fast fooderies.  From Howard Johnson’s paper hats and white dr. like shirts, to McDonald’s ever changing color combinations to crew members just wearing t-shirts with the restaurant’s logo not much has changed – still pretty conservative and clean cut looking. Up until now. 

Starbucks is loosening its dress code. Still have to wear one of those attractive green aprons, but now its employees can show what they really are as the company’s announcement heralded their staff "to shine as individuals while continuing to present a clean, neat and professional appearance." 

What that means is more grays, navys and browns (instead of black or white) and probably the most daring is relaxing their rule on no purple, pink or neon hair – any hair color goes and to top it off – you can express yourself with any kind of hat, except backwards baseball caps (sorry Beiber). 

Their hope is to build morale and certainly make it a bit hipper for their customers to enjoy.

Celebrities’ love owning restaurants 

Some do it for love of food, or money while some like Bon Jovi do it to change the world. One of the newest ventures into food service is coming to us from Michael J. LaRue with help from his long time and now departed friend Rue McClanahan of the Golden Girls. His plan is to open up a Golden Girls café in Manhattan. 

94 year old Betty White is expected to show up for the ribbon cutting and presumably will be tasting “Bea Arthur’s pasta salad, Estelle Getty’s chocolate chip cookies, and Rue’s orange poppy seed cake. 

Just have to wonder if they will be posting a minimum age requirement – like 80 to get a reservation.