We recognize that our employees are the backbone of our business and without them, we couldn’t serve well over a million meals every day. The restaurant industry is the largest private sector employer in Louisiana and these aren’t just jobs we’re talking about—many are careers.
|Leslie Thornton began her career with |
Acme Oyster House as a cashier. Seventeen
years later, she has worked her way up
to the position General Manager and invests
a large portion of her time to helping her
team members reach their career potential.
Thornton works with her team members to help them discover where their love lies within the restaurant. She said some individuals just want to bartend or be an oyster shucker, while another may be interested in becoming a supervisor or manager.In 2006, the Louisiana Restaurant Association introduced its Restaurant Legends program to recognize the long-term dedicated individuals who have more than 20 years of service at one establishment. To date, nearly 200 individuals have been deemed a “Restaurant Legend,” including several of Acme’s oyster shuckers like “Hollywood," and collectively these individuals have more than 4,000 years of industry experience. That equates to 48,000 months, 1.49 million days and 35 million hours.
|Betty Davis receives her Louisiana Restaurant Legend |
award for her 26 years of service to LaPlace Frostop.
Terry Toler, owner of the Frostop in LaPlace nominated Betty Davis earlier this year for a Restaurant Legend Award. Davis has been employed by LaPlace Frostop since 1986 and currently she is the restaurant’s head cook.
“Betty's positive attitude, hard work, and dedication have not only made her a valued employee but she is truly a part of our family,” said Toler.
|Dewayne Simmons and Dee Crowe proudly show off |
their Louisiana Restaurant Legends Awards for their collective
40 years of dedication to Dankin Trail in Monroe.
Also this year, the LRA name five Restaurant Legends that together have more than 100 years of service at Sue’s Country Kitchen in Bossier City. Carrie Lewis, Buford Moyers, Glen Perry, Jerry Perry and Mary Robinson were recognized at the LRA Northwest Chapter Awards Night at the El Dorado Casino.
Recently in April, Dewayne Simmons and Dee Crowe of Dankin Trail in Monroe received their Restaurant Legends plaques at a Northeast Chapter meeting. Both have been with dedicated staff members since 1990!
These individuals are celebrated and receive an award plaque personally and the restaurant receives one to display. The LRA also issues press releases announcing the recipients accomplishment which has garnered great news articles within their area.