Friday, December 22, 2006

I'll have what he's wearing

A short article in the front of January's SF Magazine lists all the restaurants who are keeping their waiters looking smart in custom designer suits:
  • Gary Danko outfits staff in suits from Josef Duran of San Leandro
  • Bong Su buys silk tuxedo jackets and Vietnamese ao dai from Calvin Tran of New York
  • Quince recently bought his- and her- russet-brown suits from R. Scott French of New York
  • Lark Creek Steak buys black-and-gray striped dress shirts from Berkeley's Erica Tanov
... and Michael Mina outfits "nearly all" staff in Dean Hutchinson outfits, according to this newspaper article.

At first I thought this was an effort to treat the staff well and have them embody the food -- clothes that are attractive, local and custom.

Then I took a look at the menu for Lark Creek Steak (PDF) and found they are actually selling the uniforms on page one of the menu, under a little clothes-hanger icon:

our uniforms, by award-winning designer
erica tanov, are available for purchase.
$69 blouses - $79 shirts

Just don't accidentally wear the uniform the next time you dine at Lark Creek Steak. Awk-ward.

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Oakland Native said...

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December 22, 2006 2:47 PM  
Oakland Native said...

OMG, that would be awkward. Last year, I dined at the Fifth Floor's bar. I was wearing what I thought was a fetching outfit: a white Calvin Klein shirt, black trousers, and a beautiful black cashmere sweatervest by Marc Jacobs. To my dismay, the bartenders were wearing the exact same shirt, also paired with a vest.

I haven't worn black and white to a restaurant since.

December 22, 2006 2:48 PM  
Ryan said...

Ha! The thing is, it sounds like a styling outfit, pity it turned out that way. If a manager had asked you to stop slacking off at the bar, that would have been a better story though ;->

January 10, 2007 7:24 PM  

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