Yelp for Restaurants is announcing the inaugural Servies, the first-ever awards program that celebrates front-of-house restaurant employees. Over the last few years, the restaurant industry has changed dramatically. The labor shortage continues, with more restaurant industry employees quitting than in any other industry, and lack of recognition is one of the many factors contributing to employee frustration. While there are plenty of accolades for chefs, it is the front of house staff who ensure the best possible dining experience and often go unrecognized. We at Yelp for Restaurants want to change that and are committed to recognizing these diverse, customer-facing staff who keep restaurants running, go above and beyond for customers, and bring their best attitudes to work, no matter what life throws at them.
The Servies allows diners and colleagues alike to nominate front-of-house workers across eight categories: Best Host, Best Server, Best Bartender, Best Front-Of-House Team, Best Manager, Best Team Player, Best Hustle and Best Vibe. Nominations are open August 3 through August 24, 2022 at TheServies.com.
Entries will be judged by a panel of restaurant industry professionals and experts, including David Dressler (Co-founder of Tender Greens), Daniel Shemtob (Founder of The Lime Truck), Mary Sue Milliken (Co-owner of Border Grill and Socalo), Martha Hoover (founder of Patachou Foundation) and Raji Sankar (Co-founder and co-CEO of Wholesome International and Choolah). This panel of industry experts will choose the best entries across five criteria: flexibility, positivity, knowledge, dependability and memorability. The public will vote on the finalists via the Servies website from Wednesday, September 7, through Saturday, September 17, 2022.
Winners will be announced across Yelp for Restaurants social channels, emails and website during the Servies Week, October 17, 2022 – October 21, 2022. Each winner will receive a custom-engraved Servies trophy, a $3,000 gift card “tip” and a brand-new pair of Snibbs shoes, specifically designed for working professionals on their feet all day.
For more information about the Servies and how you can get involved, please visit TheServies.com.