Can you be a waiter without having been a host first?

There is a new Yard House opening up and I was thinking about applying for a waiter job. However, I have never been in the food industry before... I do have 5 years of experience in customer service. So, do you think that I would qualify for this job or are they generally only looking to hire waiters that have experience?

Asked By: mike - 2/4/2009
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We actually love newbies. They don't bring along any bad habits. 5 years customer service is awesome.
Answered By: rickfowler3rd - 2/4/2009
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Generally speaking most restaurants would want experience wait help. After all besides the food, the wait help represents and I would go as far as to say they are the restaurant. I've been to restaurants who had terrible if not mediocre food but if the wait help was excellent I would over look many of the problems.
Answered By: Darryl C - 2/4/2009
I have never been a host in my life and have been serving for almost 4 years
Answered By: davya85 - 2/4/2009
I agree with rickfowl, we like newbies because we can train them our way and they don't come with any preconceived notions. It doesn't hurt to apply! Either they'll never get back to you or you'll get the job. Make sure to highlight your customer service in your cover letter or in that little space on your... More
Answered By: chefgrille - 2/4/2009
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