Q. How long have you been with Yard House, and what was your first job with the brand?
A. I started as a server at the Yard House in West Nyack, NY, in 2014, and worked as a bookkeeper, bartender and trainer while I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I intended to go into that field, but my managers saw potential in me and opened my eyes to the opportunities at Yard House. I decided to stay in foodservice — I’ve invested time in the company and believe I was meant to be here.
My decision paid off because I was recently promoted to front of the house manager at the Yonkers, NY, restaurant. I’m earning a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology, which focuses on the physical and mental well-being of employees and covers employee motivation, job satisfaction and interview techniques. This knowledge applies directly to my new position.
Q. Why have you chosen a career with Yard House?
A. I love people and the foodservice industry but especially Yard House and its culture — there’s a family feeling, a fun, fair environment, emphasis on teamwork, and endless opportunities for advancement. If you’re willing to put in the work you can go anywhere with Yard House and Darden. Eventually I hope to train and develop people at Darden’s Restaurant Support Center (RSC) in Orlando.
Q. What advice do you have for other team members who want to advance in their careers?
A. If you have passion and work hard, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Servers who are college students just trying to pay the bills may not see the full potential in this industry, but there’s a whole wide world of opportunities awaiting them at Yard House.