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Emerging Leaders of Bahama Breeze | Sarah Branche

August 21, 2017

by Darden Restaurants

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Emerging Leaders of Bahama Breeze | Sarah Branche

Sarah Branche, a new service manager at the Bahama Breeze restaurant in Gainesville, FL, took time out for another career but returned to foodservice.

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Emerging Leaders of Bahama Breeze | Sarah Branche

August 21, 2017

by Darden Restaurants

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Q. How long have you been with Bahama Breeze, and what was your first job with the brand?

A. Five years this time. I worked as a server at the Bahama Breeze restaurant in Raleigh, NC, in 2001 for a year, then left to work as a massage therapist. I discovered that massage therapy was not what I wanted to do after all, and I returned to the same Bahama Breeze restaurant in 2012, again as a server. My managers loved my energy and began to talk to me about becoming a manager, which did not appeal to me at first because I’m a creature of habit. Meanwhile, I became a bartender and was selected to be a bar ambassador early this year. I attended spirits training in Las Vegas, tasting rums and tequilas, and took my knowledge back home to share with my team and with guests. I entered management training soon after at the restaurant in Kennesaw, GA, and now I’m a service manager in Gainesville, FL.

Q. Why have you chosen a career with Bahama Breeze?

A. I’ve been in the restaurant industry since I was 18, with time out for massage therapy, and as I grew older I realized that restaurants were my passion. I knew I was a leader, so I decided to apply myself and become a manager. I’m happy at Bahama Breeze. I meet so many different people, and everybody has a story. I like that a guest I don’t even know can talk to me about anything and I’ll listen and we’ll build a bond. I am loyal to Bahama Breeze because they are always there for me and have given me everything I’ve asked for. We are a family.

Q. Is there one Bahama Breeze dish you can’t resist?

A. Shrimp & Mahi with Lemongrass Sauce.

Q. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

A. I have a 22-year-old daughter! Brittany Webb is in college studying to become a radiologist. She works at the Bahama Breeze in Raleigh. The guests love her. She’s a miniature version of me!