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Spring 2011

Behind the Scenes: Celebrating Our Co-Workers

A very special private party for all the co-workers who uphold our high standards with their leading-edge skills, experience, dedication, and enthusiasm.

Special events to honor and thank our co-workers have taken place since our company began. In this 1957 photo taken at Lawry's in Beverly Hills, at far left, founder Lawrence L. Frank congratulates a co-worker while at far right, his son, today's Lawry's chairman, Richard N. Frank, reaches for the co-worker's award. In the foreground, center, an almost 2-year-old Richard R. Frank. Special events to honor and thank our co-workers have taken place since our company began. In this 1957 photo taken at Lawry's in Beverly Hills, at far left, founder Lawrence L. Frank congratulates a co-worker while at far right, his son, today's Lawry's chairman, Richard N. Frank, reaches for the co-worker's award. In the foreground, center, an almost 2-year-old Richard R. Frank.

EVERY SUMMER, each of our fine-dining restaurants closes to the public on a different afternoon for a very special private party. We call it our Mid-Year Review. It is an event for our co-workers, the most important of the year.

As we often say, we’re very proud of our co-workers. Our restaurants have high standards, with staffs that combine leading-edge skills and experience with dedication to and enthusiasm for what they do. Their jobs are demanding, both physically and emotionally, yet they execute them with smiling faces and professional aplomb day in and day out.

leading-edge skills and experience with dedication

If that wasn’t enough, we ask them to take their jobs home with them, to think about how they can do their tasks even better, to notice how their restaurant’s patrons are responding to what we offer and to share their ideas and suggestions with management. After all, they are the true experts when it comes to our guests.

The Mid-Year Review celebrates those achievements. Nobody wears uniforms and the atmosphere is relaxed and festive. It’s a time for a restaurant’s staff to reconnect, away from the demands of work, with their location’s managers, corporate senior executives and fellow co-workers.

It’s an opportunity to reaffirm Lawry’s culture and values

The afternoon starts with a lavish lunch prepared by the restaurant’s executive chef. Then it’s time to hear from Lawry’s CEO-president Richard R. Frank and the restaurant’s general manager.

“I talk with them about how their restaurant, and the company as a whole, is doing, what we’re planning for the rest of the year, what our goals are,” Richard says.

“It’s an opportunity to reaffirm Lawry’s culture and values with our co-workers and to reaffirm the importance of treating each other and our guests with courtesy and respect. For the restaurant’s general manager, it’s a chance to thank co-workers as a group and to reaffirm our appreciation of all they do.”

Lawry’s also takes the opportunity, at each Mid-Year Review, to recognize and thank co-workers who have achieved milestones. Those who have made it through their first year are singled out and applauded, and Lawry’s Service Pins, as well as other awards and gifts, are bestowed, with much laughter and praise, on co-workers who have been with the restaurant for five, ten, fifteen years and beyond.

The pin is a symbol of professional achievement

The next time you visit one of our restaurants and see co-workers wearing their service pins, you’ll know that, just like a diploma displayed on a wall, the pin is a symbol of professional achievement and ability to give you exceptional service.

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