Welcome to Restaurant Laughs

Restaurant Stories

Restaurant Laughs spotlights the lighter side of life in a restaurant. Written from a server’s point of view, you will find humorous insights on dealing with unreasonable guests, crazy co-workers, and even some of the strangest tales from restaurants around the country. All of this is shared with a love for the industry and a great deal of affection for all of the guests that make serving so rewarding. This site is more than a waiter rants and tirades. It is a genuine opportunity to look at ourselves and laugh at the absurdity of it all. These are the true tales of life inside a restaurant.


Restaurant Laughs is just one of a series of sites collectively known as The Hospitality Formula Network. This network is comprised of websites to help restaurant industry professionals advance in their careers and assist restaurant guests in understanding our industry. The Manager’s Office, Tips Squared, Foodie Knowledge and Restaurant Marketing Plan all provide great insights on the business side of things. This site is designed for comic relief. After working a long shift or recalling a horrible dining experience, we could all use a good laugh.


Restaurant Laughs, and the entire Hospitality Formula Network, are written by David Hayden. Mr. Hayden is a restaurant industry consultant, blogger, and server. His first book, Tips2: Tips For Improving Your Tips, was released in 2011 and provides restaurant servers with the knowledge they need to improve their incomes. With 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he shares his knowledge and stories with readers through his blogs and books. His hope is that they provide both servers and guests the opportunity to share a laugh and understand each other better.

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Restaurant Server Dreams

Every server has their server dreams.  Let me see if this sounds like anyone else’s. I show up for work.  Despite it being a very busy shift the last several weeks, we still only have two servers in the entire dining room.  No busser, food runner, or even a host.  The kitchen is on a […]

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That British Sense of Humor

Lately I have been watching a great deal more British television with my girlfriend. She spent some time on the other side of the pond and enjoys it quite a bit. I have always been horrible with accents and lose the comedic timing while I am mentally translating. She convinced me to give it a […]

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Restaurant humor

“I’d like a reservation for this Saturday at seven o’clock”

A funny restaurant photo for all of you Can I get an Amen?

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restaurant terms

Restaurant Terms From The Side Station

You’ve probably heard that Eskimos have over 9000 words for snow, but none for whatever term that furthers the point of person using this statistic.  This is a commonly accepted urban legend.  In reality, societies create words to describe whatever the need to communicate.  Language evolves to meet the needs of the society that uses […]

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Server Fundraiser

I’ll Be Your Server Tonight

I am incredibly pleased to announce an event that has been in the works for quite some time.  On January 20th, 2012 I will be hosting an event showcasing some of Kansas City’s brightest serving talents as they reflect on life in an apron.  “I’ll Be Your Server Tonight” is a unique opportunity for servers […]

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8 Signs Servers Never Want To See In Their Restaurant

There are certain signs that no server wants to see at their restaurant or in their section.  Walking in to see any of these signs as they arrive for another shift is enough to strike terror in the heart of a server.  On the day after Thanksgiving, here are eight signs you can be thankful […]

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T-Shirts For Servers

Recently, some friends of mine went to Turkey. They brought me back an evil eye.  As I understand it would more accurately be called an “eviler eye.”  The concept is that it protects you from “evil eye” curses by returning an even more evil eye.  I have not yet determined how I can work this […]

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Random Thoughts From A Server IV

I ended last week writing about a very serious topic, but one that I felt needed to be addressed.  I’ve decided that in order to help raise the spirits on this special day that I should add a post to Restaurant Laughs.  I haven’t posted an installment of the “Random Thoughts” series in a few […]

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The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Pabst Blue Ribbon

This post started out as a light hearted attempt to walk down memory lane by posting classic commercials from Pabst.  The resurgence of the Pabst Blue Ribbon brand will go down in the annals of marketing history.  A dying brand was resurrected by a generation of people who were not born when it was last prominent.  It was […]

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Five Things You Never Want To Hear In A Restaurant- My Response

Oh Eatocracy, why do you make me like you only disappoint me so?  You publish wonderful content and then you turn around and post the self-important whining of your editors just to make my head explode.  You are like the lover who makes me feel so special before calling me by someone else’s name.  Just […]

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The New Restaurant Laughs Blogroll

For the last few weeks I have been searching for the best restaurant humor sites on the web.  These will populate the new Restaurant Laughs blogroll on the right side of the page.  These sites represent a cross section of the online humor sites that deal with food, restaurants, and serving.  This list is in […]

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