Dec 24th 2017 by Seraph_Grymm • 39 Questions • 538 Points
I closed a bit early today as it was a Thursday, and thought people might be interested. I'm an owner operator for a large independent all you can eat concept in the US. Ask me anything, from how the business works, stories that may or may not be true, "How the hell you you guys make so much food?", and "Why does every Chinese buffet (or restaurant for that matter) look the same?". Leave no territory unmarked.
Why do some ride operators need to repeat the safety message every single ride, rather than just having a pre-recorded message to play?
With the ban on social media, how are you able to access Reddit? And that would be the repercussions if they were to find out you’re doing this AMA?
Is it true that some places there you can buy a house for 5 dollars?
As a fan of American-Chinese food, I have to ask, Hot and Sour Soup. My absolute favorite but it is never the same place to place. Some it is ok, some it is amazing, never had one I hated, what is the story on it?
This post is (mostly) a copy from the first Casual Christmas post we had, authored by /u/lula2488
Also, Lula is generally an awesome person, and they deserve all the shout-outs.
Thank you. It was difficult to read those comments. Just the way war photographers who take a beating for not rescuing a starving child or for not getting in the middle of a battle, we were being accused of not saving the bear. After the trash can, the bear swam out of sight. We were left there standing numb and saddened. We vowed to share this footage with the world to spark a global debate so it was worth all of the hurtful comments. PN
It wouldn't a real theme park if you can't understand the safety instructions because they're talking fast and the mic quality is bad. A prerecorded message would take all that away.
The ban isnt a ban per se. Nothing written, no clear directive. But.. for example if you post something derogatory towards the Immigration officials on facebook, they confiscate your phone. We had one guy whose x-wife put him here. He posted his story and it got thousands of followers. She complained to Immigration. They confiscated his phone. I expect they will confiscate my phone tomorrow or later this week. Only one artist here. Your phone is your lifeline. Its communication with the outside world, family, wife or girlfriend if you have one, friends, work, attorney, bank.... Its more than that. Its our mental escape. Its movies, games whatever you need to take your mind somewhere else. For me its music, art and ebooks. We have a few paperbacks. Ive read them. Numerous times. The Koreans and Taiwanese own mp3 soundsystems so we get a half dozen compilations of their music playing. Again and again and again... There is a tv which is sometimes on for a few hours, but the guards have the controls so not useful if you dont enjoy beauty contests or local soaps. It makes a world of difference to slip on a pair of earphones, close your eyes and escape into music. Its sanity. Its a very thin thread which can help you hold on to sanity. Without a phone this place is hell.
I haven't. Effectively there's always a way to make it doable.
I don't know about $5. I have read some people have bought a house for $100, and I know someone who bought one for $600, and that one required massive renovation.
Egg composition. Hot and sour soup contains a lot of egg, and some places put less in the soup base when egg prices swing too high. It is made in a wok on high heat, so a high egg content makes it thicker.
Did you enjoy doing voice acting for Fallout New Vegas? How different was that for you than doing a more traditional role?
My husband’s family is from Detroit. The last time we visited, it was interesting to see the city’s progress regarding demolition of abandoned homes. Many streets now have empty lots where homes used to be. His parents can’t believe how much the city has changed over their lifetime.
As a resident, what is it like seeing the vast changes going on in Detroit?
How much is prepared by your kitchen vs how much is prepared outside of your kitchen? Are things like sesame chicken already breaded or do you do that?
I just noticed over the years that buffet food is fairly consistent across restaurants and made me think it's mostly prepackaged.
Link to any issues and I'll fix!
The major changes have been amazing, but so far the new housing, restaurants etc are mostly located in about 8 square miles of the 139-square-mile city. Detroit is cleaner and better lit all over, but stats show it is the USA's poorest and most violent big city, so it's fair to say not every neighborhood is enjoying a renaissance.
The meat dishes are made from scratch, but the base for the sauces are from the supplier. Most of these dishes are made with ingredients common to each other, such as General Tso's Chicken, Sesame Chicken, and other American Chinese dishes. Some things like the pizza, fries, sesame balls, desserts, are all from the supplier and come frozen. The microwave is not used that frequently, but the fryers are.
I thought the video was very strong, thank you guys for sharing!
But I also heard in some media that in this case, gobal warming was not what caused this. Can you elaborate on this?
I know that global warming is an issue for polar bears, but I just wondered what's the true story in this case.
Are there any rides that the staff agrees are more entertaining to operate?
What is the largest amount of food you have seen/heard about someone eating at one sitting?
Hello; we were completely surprised by how much opposition there is to the idea that climate change is upon us. I suppose many people would not want to change their lifestyles or see their profits (from whatever activities that contribute to climate change or the exploitation of nature) changed. Fear is also a common response to an enormous threat, so people would naturally prefer to deny it than confront it. The vast majority of viewers and comments, however, were positive. I am very proud of the work we are doing with SeaLegacy because if we don't, biodiversity will die in darkness, with no one there to document it. Our job is to shine a light on issues regular reporters are not documenting and to bring those stories to the court of pubic opinion. It is not always positive and there is a tendency to shoot the messenger. We are happy to take the brunt of the criticism as long as we are moving the conversation forward. CM
Easiest to operate would be Justice League. You just need to hit the dispatch button. The tricky part happens when it pops up with an error and you need to know how to handle it. I'm not sure about the most entertaining, but it would probably be one of the launch rollercoasters (Superman or full throttle)
I used company cars. You can treat them like off-road vehicles.
Personally I had seen one man pile 9 plates of Chinese food (mostly cheap noodles and chicken). When they eat by themselves, I think they eat a lot more. When they are with friends, the social pressure keeps them from gorging too much. My waiters had said a larger number, but they might be overestimating. No one can really eat more than 2 pounds.
If you don't mind me asking,
1.) what got you jailed? 2.) how long have you been there? 3.) what actions can you take to secure your release? 4.) could you contact your family? 5.) would you be able to get a public lawyer? 6.) is it near impossible to secure your release once there?
What was it like on the hood of the car in Death Proof?
Hi Bill, this isn't very specific, but after driving 2,100 roads in Detroit - what's one of the most unique or most interesting things you saw?
Is your restaurant menu fairly standard, or do you try new menu items regularly to mix things up?
How do you feel about patrons who dine-in and then ask to take a box home?
I over stayed my visa. My fault, I admit it. Ive been here for several years and since the people who reported me and then stole everything I owned upon my arrest have no doubt made a complaint against me, I cannot be released. This is the beauty of it, if you are charged with a crime you get a trial, right? You have your chance to tell your side of the story. But a complaint goes to Immigration, not through any part of the legal/judiciary system. You do NOT get to tell your side of the story without an attorney. Hard to hire an attorney when everything you own has been stolen by the people that put you here. There are public attorneys. Once a year they come here, put up a big banner, sit with a few detainees and have their pictures taken. We do not hear from them again. Various human rights groups do the same. Unfortunately Amnesty International doesnt cover "detention camps", I dont know why. I dont have any family but others do and they have limited phone access and laptop access(international law says we get unlimited access. We dont.) to contact them. We get visitors a few days a week(international law says 7 days a week. Isnt applied to us). Getting released or deported varies for every individual. Getting released requires paying bribes. Very large bribes. With no guarentee you will actually be released. We have one guy here, already spent €50k to get bail, hes "out" on bail in a criminal case. He's still here. Its a good game. Getting released if you have criminal charges against you in your own country or an influential country like the U.S. is pretty much impossible. Ive seen it done, but we're talking bribes in the €100k+ ballpark, and even then... For the rest of us getting released is a question of money. Deported may be easier. You see, they dont like to release you once youve been here, you might file charges against them. We file charges against them from inside but we arent taken to the hearings so the charges get dismissed. Another good game.
Breezey, at times buggy.
For the most part I saw people just going about their lives, as they would be doing in any city or suburb in the country. I did come across a burning house, and people were screaming that a woman was trapped inside. The DFD rolled up and firefighters ran right into the house to try to find her. She was across the street, visiting a neighbor.
I would say about half of them are rotated regularly, but on a fixed schedule. Some things we just try because the ingredients are cheap. Right now tomatoes are at $57/cs while they were $11/cs 4 months ago. However the price of cabbage and potatoes dropped, as well as bass. That influences the new dishes we make.
For the customers who want to take their food home, it's usually a small amount left on their plate and they just want to limit wastage. In most cases they ask to pay for the box themselves, but we let it go if it's a small quantity, as it will be wasted anyway.
Do you have any recommendations for under-the-radar things far outside of the immediate downtown core? I'm a big fan of Cadeiux Cafe and the Dakota Inn and I'm sure that there's more out there that I just don't know about.
If people constantly get multiple plates of the most expensive foods, do you lose money?
Scotty's Fish and Chips on Fenkell in Brightmoor...
Yes, but only a small amount. You see, not many people can eat 1 1/2 day's worth of protein or seafood in one sitting.
Did you hit about 20 pot holes per day like I do driving around for work everyday?
The oysters always sketched me out. You say the crab legs you should avoid and the sushi is fine. But what about the oysters?
The streets in Detroit are bad, but so are many streets in the suburbs.
Oysters are also to be avoided as they source them, especially in the midwest, from groceries and fisheries past their prime. Sometimes on the coasts they are imported from China and South America, but are decent quality while they are fresh.
European (italian) here, i don't know much but read a lot of nasty things about Detroit on the internet and how urban degradation is widespread in the city. Is it really that bad as depicted? How is the situation changed in the last 20 years? What do the white and black communities think about the city?
Why do the deserts always look so delicious but taste like stale cardboard covered in colored sugar?
Detroit is a big place -- 139 square miles. There is everything: mansions, slums, blighted property, miles of middle-class housing. There have been many positive changes in the past 10 years, but abandoned housing remains a major problem, and is often the main thing visitors take away with them.
That's what they are. They all come from the same factory in one of the major cities for Chinese immigrants in the US. The ingredients used are not half bad, but they lack preservatives to help it taste fresh. Some customers do say they get hard after some time on the trays. But I doubt these factories hire any food scientist to prevent them from turning into cardboard.
Hi Zoe! I've heard lots of people clamoring/wishing for more awards recognition for stunt teams and the work they on set (I know SAG has recently added a category like this), but some think it will encourage more accidents due to increasingly dangerous stunts. What is your stance on this, as someone directly involved in the industry?
I worked downtown Detroit from 2003-2016 and spent a lot of time driving around the city looking for cool things to see and photograph. Along the way, I saw my fair share of crazy stuff - burning houses (twice), burning cars (twice as well), a car that had smashed into a barricade and been abandoned with the engine still running, urban farms, and transient communities squatting in abandoned houses...
But one of the things that surprised me most was the amount of wildlife I've seen wandering freely through the city. I've seen deer, pheasants, grouse, a coyote, packs of wild dogs, and once, I swear to god, I thought I saw a peacock. No joke.
What has your experience been in this regard? What's the craziest animal you've seen wandering around the city?
What is one item you would advise people to stay away from at an all you can eat buffet?
Great question although this bear did not have any breeding scars on his face. I suspect he was a very large male but probably less than 10 to 12 years old. PN
With the way Detroit's buildings and homes have disappeared, nature has come roaring back, including trees growing on the tops of buildings and many animals. I've seen coyotes, bald eagles, deer, foxes, wild turkeys, peacocks, pheasants....I didn't see many wild dogs. The wild-dog issue in Detroit seems over-hyped.
Crab legs. I'm being serious. I have seen Chinese buffets at the fish market going and buying bottom of the barrel seafood including crab legs past their prime. And then they don't steam them properly either to save on volume.
The sushi on the other hand, a common misconception, is relatively safe to eat IN A BUSY PLACE, as the health code standards in the region of raw food is very strict, and you cannot skimp out on prices of salmon and tuna fillet.
Have things gotten better or worse for the outlying Detroit neighborhoods in the past 10 years? Were there streets then or now that you felt unsafe driving down?
Isn't getting the crab legs past their prime dangerous? Wouldn't it make people sick?
I never felt unsafe driving down any streets or talking to people, and I had no incidents. Blight continues to be a huge problem in many neighborhoods, but the streets are better lit and cleaner than they were 10 years ago.
It does, unfortunately. Very often. But it is very hard to sue with the little amount of evidence people have. We do not even risk giving cheap crab legs for that reason
What is the biggest change you've noticed in Detroit in the last 10 years??
Maybe you could share one positive change and one negative change?
There's a buffet near me that charges people for any food left on their plate. What do you think about that kind of policy? Do you think it's sensible, or risks driving customers away? Is wasted food a serious enough problem to necessitate such strict measures?
Positive: Virtually all of the city is better lit. Much of it is cleaner than 10 years ago, when we did the original "Driving Detroit."
Negative: Abandonment remains a massive problem, even as Mayor Duggan has presided over the demolition of more than 13,000 blighted homes.
I would imagine if we implemented that policy we would lose some of our new customers. In practice, it is sensible, as running this place is very low margin, and any food wasted lowers that. But driving customers away ultimately results in fewer customers, which is more devastating than a bit more wastage.
Was Cate Blanchett as fun to work with as she was on screen?
Is it going to be possible to keep the infrastructure running for the few people that remain in some of these areas? No matter how well kept, how can a city service just a few houses in what was once a neighborhood of hundreds of houses?
Over here where I live all buffets have a wastage charge but it is rarely enforced, it's mostly there to prevent those very few who leave whole plates stacked and untouched.
The initial reaction was very favorable and supportive and then mainstream media sources started to embellish and alter the story like they sometimes do. The National Post and the Toronto Star in particular were way out of line. That started the backlash. - PN
A straight up legend. Instant fav
That is a huge question for politicians. As I write in the main story of today's package, how to deal with Detroit's empty land is difficult because many people hear "they're stealing my home" when the officeholders discuss shrinking the city. Right now there are approx 24 square miles of empty land in the city, and that figure is growing.
If it was more often, you will lose customers. The scare tactic is enough.
Thank you both for your vital conservation work, and for the poignant, haunting, and beautiful (sometimes all at once) visual content that you create.
I know many people who deny the influence or even existence of man-made climate change. When I've referred them to this story to demonstrate the adverse effects of warming poles, they invariably demand to know how we can definitively prove that this particular bear's demise was the result of human activity. How do you typically respond in such debates? Do you think that these people genuinely believe AGW is a political hoax, or that they simply can't come to terms with the fact that our activity on Earth has created such tragic scenes as the one you've captured here? And in the interest of fairness, what can we "climate hawks" learn from people who are skeptical of the mainstream consensus?
Though it's definitely an unpopular opinion, Death Proof remains one of my favorite Tarantino flicks! What was your favorite scene to film in the movie? Thanks, Zoe!
In your experience, has that 'empty land' approach to remove blight, group housing and possibly raise real estate pricing been approached effectively? What do city planners say? In 10 years will we be looking at diversified and thoughtful parks across the city or a hodgepodge of Urban Forrest cutting off communities from each other?
What measure do you have in place to prevent 'water drinkers' from drinking the soda?
Great question. You simply stick to the science and the math. Predictions (scientists often under-predict) are that 30 percent of polar bears are going to disappear by 2050 and could become extinct by 2150. Show them the nasa graph of carbon and the warming Earth. They just can't come to terms. It is must less painful to deny than to have to deal with AGW. I wish it wasn't real either but it is and we must all join in efforts to protect our one home. PN
Hmmm..... I loved shooting the Res Dogs, around the table scene. It was my first real taste as an actor, of bouncing off other actors. It is just like when a fight goes right.
City planners in Detroit today are working to increase density. They don't want to continue to replicate single family homes, but rather build townhouses and apartments, like in many big cities. The question of what to do with all the empty land is complicated, but if you check out the Detroit Future City website, you'll see a coherent vision of how to handle the empty acres. Making that happen in real life is a challenge.
Lastly, there are a lot of small-scale Green Infrastructure projects underway. Emphasis on small.
Our waiters serve the soda, so that is not a problem.
What type of discounts do your employees get?
I didnt see chickens, but I certainly saw peacocks. I once wrote a story about a lovely peacock who had been shot with a long bullet from a crossbow pistol. The bullet lodged in the fleshly part of its neck, and it was caught and healed...
We let them have free food to eat there and a box to take home. 25% off for their family as well.
What is “Mexicantown” in Detroit? I heard it’s a vibrant community in Detroit, but not sure what it is. Can you elaborate? Is it like Chinatown?
How do I make/buy egg drop soup that tastes like the egg drop soup in the buffet?
Mexicantown is a sprawling neighborhood in SW Detroit that stretches from the old train station virtually to the Dearborn city limits. The predominant ethnic group is Mexican, but it is also home to other Hispanic nationalities, whites, African Americans, plus poor, working class and middle-class residents. There are lots of restaurants and shops with an ethnic theme, and also hip venues like El Club, for all sorts of bands.
Use a wok and shop at an asian market for traditional chinese vegetables.
What's you take on the potential with Amazon; but even more so, what do you think the released proposal and incentive package says about the city to other companies considering opening or moving here, both from within the state, around the country, and around the world?
Why are you always running out of chicken wings?
I think Detroit's -- and metro Detroit's -- horrible transit will make Amazon look elsewhere. I also have to read about the proposal that emerged this week. I've been busy finishing our "Driving Detroit" update
Chicken wings are hard to make in a busy kitchen. Each wing has to be spun and dipped by hand in sauce, which increases time. Chicken wings also come in smaller cases from restaurant wholesalers now for some reason, and the price increased.
How did you plan where you would go? Was it all pre-planned or did you just decide to cover a certain area each day?
Do you ever have to ban someone from returning because they ate too much or wasted too much food?
How profitable are buffets in general?
How long does it take to prep and cook everything before the store opens?
With so much food, are roaches and rodents a problem? How do you keep it under control?
Are sushi made from a factory? Or made in-house? The're usually pretty bland.
I started testing the idea of driving the whole city on the far east side, from Alter Road and Mack up to Waveny and east to about Nottingham. Once I figured it was a do-able project, I hopped around the city from day to day, keeping track of everything on maps and notebooks. I skipped around to keep it interesting. And the west side is so big it seemed to never end.
- Wasted: No. If they are kids their parents control them.
- Very low margins, but good if high volume. Low labor cost. Food cost is slightly higher.
- 2-3 hours before we open is how long it takes, with a complete team. Most prep work is done the night before, so it isn't that unreasonable.
- We never had roaches or rodents in our place, so I cannot vouch for that. Probably because of a newer building. A decent pest control should always prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. Food is sorted and rotated frequently, and never on floors. From a business perceptive, keeping this standard is great as it lowers wastage.
- Sushi are not made from a factory. They are made in house, but not from the finest fisheries or filling. They are made with pretty safe treated fish, but we have to tone down the flavor since it's a wide crowd we are appealing to.
In your estimation, what were the 3 leading root causes of Detroit's fall from prominence to the alleged decrepid contemporary state?
Is that a yes for #1 if they eat too much?
- Flight of business, especially heavy manufacturing, which started after WW II.
- Flight of white residents, which also started after WW II
- Inability of government at all levels to deal with the ensuing poverty in the city.
Regulars do not eat too much, as they are there just because we provide a comfort to them. Most are very picky eaters who love the idea of getting anything whenever they want. Fortunately we make a lot of money on these people. The heavy eaters do not come very often. I still don't know why that is the case.
We have never banned anyone because they ate too much food.
Some children however, I would love to ban, throwing food all over the place, and wasting whole plates of deserts they cannot finish, and their parents not giving a shit.
Has there ever been a stunt that really made you nervous before doing?
Thanks! But what caused #1 and #2, those were symptoms, not root causes, right? (5 Why Analysis)
I don't know if this AMA is still active, but here goes.
Would you say on an average, is the cheese clams safe to eat, or would it fall under the same place as the crab (diarrhea in a shell) in buffets?
Most of them. Even if its not dangerous - theres always performance anxiety!
What neighborhoods piqued your interest in 2007 and again in 2017?
What food in your restaurant would you say is the best?
Also, how often do you eat at your own restaurant?
But I have been told Im more like Tony Stark
SW Detroit is always interesting because it has everything -- vibrant commerce, street life, interesting restaurants, good neighborhoods, a cool mix of people..but it also has crime, gangs and abandonment
4-5 dinners/wk is what I manage. Other nights I'm working on other things (mostly weekdays) and eat somewhere else, including competition
What's your method of choice for cleaning red wine stains out of a carpet?
I recently "explored" Detroit using Google Street View. It's crazy how much empty space there is. With all of that empty space, is there any urban gardening for food production going on?
Such a savvy move. Do you think the competition comes and eats at yours? Do you ever recognize each other?
Water and half a thing of salt
There are many farms, gardens etc. Just google Detroit and agriculture.
Honestly competition looks like the average person. It is only when you go to their place you recognize them
Can you speak of Techno’s significance in Detroit? Do you know if the music industry, particularly this genre is causing any sort of positive economic growth in the city and if so to what degree?
What do you do with the food which is left after end of service? Serve it up again the next day? Have always wanted to know about how such places do with the large quantities of food left after a days end.
Meeting people who were making a living out of flying, flipping and kicking! I was already doing all that and the thought of getting paid and having it bean all day everyday thing......? Whats not to get excited about!
Techno is very significant culturally, and it draws thousands of people from around the world to the annual techno fest in May on the riverfront. But I thunk it's safe to say techno is much more popular in Europe than it is in Detroit
Half of the stuff at the end of the day is reprocessed much like other restaurants, even MCD and Panera Bread. You can turn so much stuff into soup, and will still taste fresh. We mark all our food to make sure that the day old soup, while it would normally last 2 days with fresh ingredients, we would only put out for a day. In almost all cases, the food is eaten and turned over within the next 12 hours by the morning. Stuff like fried food however and mushrooms, have to be thrown away.
Were you ever asked to do something you thought to dangerous? And the obligatory war stories, have you been hurt?
Hi Bill, once a month my fiance and i leave our 9 mile bubble and drive to neighborhoods we have never been to before in Detroit. Do you have any recommendations for specific streets we should drive for any particular reason?
Do you have to deal with lower tip percentages based on being a buffet? Ive heard people over the years complain about tipping at buffets because they get up and get their own meal.
If ever I haven't trusted the set up - I hope I am surrounded by professionals that are wise and cool enough to have that discussion 0 often it just takes minor tweaks to taylor the gag to the person performing it.
Twice I have had serious injuries, once I thought I was invincible and didn't trust my boss and those wiser and more experienced,. The second time, I didn't trust my instinct and question my boss when I should have.
I would drive across Warren, starting in the east, at Mack (the GP city limits) and drive on Warren through Detroit to Dearborn, where it becomes the vibrant main street of Arab America, with restaurants, juice bars, shops etc. Warren in Detroit goes from very blighted to very vibrant.
Our waiters deal with that, but it turns out to be okay most of the time, as $1pp is on the low end. 1 can handle 10+ tables easy
Do you have any recommendations on foods to eat when recovering from injuries?
My mother was born and raised in Detroit, and while I was born there I was not raised there. She has taken me through areas of Detroit where she grew up and I felt rather out of place, not afraid for my life, but feeling like I stuck out like a sore thumb.
Were there areas in Detroit where you felt comfortable, or alternatively areas where you felt that your life was in danger?
I hated my short time working in the food industry. So many people were demanding, wanted everything for free, and overall just nasty and gross. I always thought the buffett crowd would be extra bad. What is the buffett crowd really like to deal with? Extra points if you throw in your worst and best customer experience in the reply :)
Not sure I would call this a recommendation but my boyfriend just reminded me that on Kill Bll after I was injured, they kept me through the end. In Mexico, to drown my injury sorrows, when everyone left for work (at 7am) and I couldn't go, I would put on my togs (bathing suit) and my vacuum sealed plastic arm cast protector, jump in the pool and order chicken quesadillas and a recurring jug of margaritas. Not sure it helped my wrist but im convinced it made me feel better.
I've worked in Detroit for more than 40 years and I literally have never felt in danger. I have always been treated with respect by anyone I met.
Some customers will bitch at you and purposely spoil the food in order to get their food for free. Some customers leave out their food at their table for 10 minutes and say it is cold, AFTER THEIR MEAL, and demanding it should be free.
The worst experience was when a customer wanted a take out box from the buffet, which was by weight. He got two huge boxes, and the bill turned out to be higher than the price of the buffet. He argued and started yelling in the whole restaurant that it was a rip off that he took 5 pounds of food (verified on the scale) and should pay more than the buffet price. He said that he could eat more than the amount in the boxes, but it was 5 POUNDS of food! After arguing and initially lowering the price a bit, he threw a fit and wanted the whole 5 pounds of food for free. Regardless, we have a price policy in place, but some just don't want to pay it. If you are going to take your food home, we cannot charge you the buffet price. This was well known before even walking in. Not to throw a fit and bother other customers.
I loved you work, special Death Proof & Raze and I gotta you done awesome acting and producing and you did directing of Apocalypse Steven Hansen, would you do directing if you could or acting you main thing.
Transplant who moved downtown a year ago; what do you think is the next up and coming area in the next 5 ten years. Both those near the core city (like City Center, Near North, North Corktown, island view) and that a bit further out, Jefferson Chalmers, East English Village, etc.). Anything you see on the cusp of starting to grow but still in the early stages?
what's the best sauce you've found over your life that would make most things taste a lot better?
I figure I am a big enough girl that I can do both!
Jefferson Chalmers has a lot of things going for it -- near the water, next to GP, easy access downtown. There are definitely things happening there, but the neighborhood north of Jefferson is one of the most empty areas in Detroit.
what's something that most audiences don't notice but stunt people do in watching stunts in movies?
What neighborhood would you consider underrated or under-the-radar to most people? Which neighborhood has the most potential to come back in a meaningful way?
Also, whats your favorite street and why is it Woodward?
New techniques. I am often rewinding stuff when Im blown away to see if its done practically or not
Ten years ago, I thought Milwaukee Junction -- north of I-94, east of Woodward and south of E Grand Blvd -- was poised for development because it had some housing and lots of empty buildings, plus it's next to Midtown. That is happening.
Favorite street: I have always liked Corktown, even long before it became hot. In 2007, I wrote that my favorite street was Vinewood in SW Detroit. I like the old houses on it.
In some cases we do let homeless people work for an hour in the back doing dishes for a filling meal and some to go. Free in the sense that you actually cannot afford to pay, which then we will be happy to help you in any circumstance.
Edit: Thanks for gold 2 kind strangers!
I'm a proud Dad to an 8-year-old Roller Derby player. She was inspired by seeing Derby played locally, but has also recently seen Whip It. She had her first 10-point jam just this last week!
What advice can you give someone her age on developing resilience, bravery, or further bad-assery?
Honestly that's really upstanding to hear that you let people who really can't pay work for a meal. I assume since no money changes hands and it's just inventory the gifted food is marked as loss to prevent tax issues?
Thats awesome! I mean, it seems like shes on the right track!
Check in with heraelf on the reg, is she loving what she is doing, who she is surrounded by, is she loving the effect she is having on others - if not what can she do to make it so - as much as poss a soften as poss!
The law might change soon with many companies doing the same for their employees and free meals to be taxed.
Hi, Zoe! Huge fan of your work. Is there anything you're doing that's upcoming that you're really excited about? Thanks :)
I'll ask the hard hitting question here:
The chocolate-vanilla swirl machine. You got one? If so, how often is it out of order? Why is it out of order so god damn much?
Thanks very much! I have just started directing this year - stoked! Keep an eye out first quarter of next year for a little number that I directed with Rosario Dawson as my lead! Also I have three features and two TV shows, one scripted one not, that I hope to get a fire under next year. I would love any and all support I can get - so fingers crossed! Thanks!
The problem with most places run by immigrants is their lack of skills to fix stuff. I can replace a burnt motor easy from yt videos or even call a contractor for severe problems. Some places don't even speak english. My requirement for all staff is that they must have english skills just for the sake of efficiency
Fell in love with the Kiwi accent when I saw you in Death Proof. Was wondering besides clashing knuckles and moving fast, what do you do on your off time? Stuff for fun just for you?
Thank you for running an AMA
If an dish runs out are customers able to request a refill? I've noticed with my local some of the more popular dishes are cleaned out within the first couple hours and then the kitchen never replenishes the dish.
Also maybe your restaurant us different, but I notice the quality of the food during lunch service is higher (and cheaper) than the dinner service why might that be?
Yeah, there is no problem with refills. The only time I don't refill is when it is closing time and it would just make food to give to the table, to reduce wastage. Here is customer satisfaction based on time of day from my sale data.
Hey! I run a restaurant too, is this data collected by your pos? How do you control for cash tips on credit card payments (looks like 0 tip to my system)?
I've always wanted to collect tons of obscure data from my pos - like plotting steak temp vs # of send backs (spoiler - medium well gets the most send backs by far) and use this data to improve service.
We arent allowed at the place we stay. (sad face) But my first ever Cat's name was Negative. Mum thought it was a great name because it was black and white.
It had a bad attitude.
Lots of data processing. PM me if you want some info on how to do it.
How does it feel to know you can kick ass and to do so in such well received projects and films?
Satisfaction rating peaks at 30 o’clock.
4:45 pm - When we put fresh dinner dishes out
I'm hungry. Do you do deliveries?
Mine were never sexual just unpleasant.
Fuck that guy and the lives he has tarnished.
Too busy most of the time. My kitchen is not laid out for a la carte and takeaway orders as a additional factor.
I'm always interested to know how these all-you-can-eat for $15.00 joints manage to turn a profit. After paying salaries and operating expenses, how do you manage to stay in the green?
I deeply dislike favourite questions! I find they make my mind go numb and start emanating a constant dull ringing sound.
You only eat $6 worth of food in a $15 buffet. If my labor at $14 an hour including taxes can cook for 7 people, thats only $8 total. Add the drinks margin and you are profitable. A la carte restaurants are a rip off in this scenario, where you might only get $3 cost of food for $15.
I had eaten at some bad buffets before where they don’t provide non carbonated drinks. I think it is so people eat lesser food. What the hell. What do you think of this?
It used to be blue - but I think that was just cause t was reserved for the boys. Now I like sunny oranges.
I would assume carbonated drinks take up more space? I think that is why customers feel they are getting ripped off when they get flat soda.
I have had weight loss surgery, which made my stomach quite small, and I only eat 4-6 ounces of food per meal. They gave me a nice little card that explains this. If I came to your restaurant with my family and showed me this card, would you be able to give me a discount, knowing that I would not be able to eat much at all?
(Note: I wouldn't be upset if I had to pay full price, I'm just curious if I should even bother to ask if and when we go to buffets.)
Of course. We let the elderly and disabled have a steep discount as it is good will for more customers and there is a piece of mind someone who is not able to eat is gorging themselves to get their money's worth. It is not right and sets a bad example.