NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH didn’t keep Ai “Alicia” Huang from applying online from her home in Japan to a Utah junior college in 2003. Only after she was accepted did she tell her surprised parents she was headed to America.
The 18-year-old dived into her new life with a determination and intelligence that would impress everyone she met. Two years later, Alicia entered the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and started a hostess job at Lawry’s where she was perfectly suited to welcome the many guests who shared her native tongue.
Over the next ten years, Alicia took on any challenge, earning the respect, admiration and love of her co-workers. As a cocktail waitress she learned all about wines and went on to become a popular server. She substituted for an ailing co-worker in the office and soon mastered the detailed work there. She became an administrative assistant and back-up sales and marketing manager.
She’ll be missed.
Alicia also trained co-workers at our Seoul and Osaka Prime Ribs. In recognition of her talent and drive, she was even offered a restaurant manager post. However, with two children to care for, she needed to devote her limited time to them but remained on as a floor supervisor.
Recently her husband, also in the hospitality business, accepted a position back in Japan, so Alicia and her family are returning there for at least a year. Happily, she’ll stay connected to Lawry’s by helping us with translation chores as they come up.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Las Vegas Manager Sharon Barkley expressed co-workers thoughts saying, “Alicia is a very special person. She’ll be missed. When she left, she left her second family here.”
Lawry's The Prime Rib — Las Vegas
4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169