When you really want to know what is going on in a restaurant, “check the kitchen,” notes JWU Charlotte Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP) Brian Poplin, president and CEO of Elior North America, a global food service management company.
During one such routine check, Poplin joined three other executives and noticed how nervous a manager was when she greeted them. They quickly saw why. “We walked in and saw a pile of pots and pans, the sink wasn’t working properly, they were understaffed. So do you know what we did? Tucked in our ties and started washing dishes.”