When I was living in Los Angeles pursuing my acting career, I spent most of the time making money to pay bills in the restaurant business. One such restaurant I remember well was called the “Kachina Grill.” It was located in downtown Los Angeles in the Wells Fargo Center.
It did a great business for lunch and happy hour as most of the clientele were in the financial district. One reason I can tell you exactly where the restaurant was located is that I happened to save a review of the restaurant because I got reviewed as well.
The name of the reviewer was Colleen Dunn Bates (author of “Storybook Travels” published by Random House, 2002).
Herman re-read the review to me and it brought back all sorts of memories. Specifically, I remember the manager there. His name was Harold, but I had some other choice names for him back then. I was forever getting in trouble there. Like most restaurant managers, he was very reticent to let me have time off for auditions.
The night the reviewer came in, as she says, “…it was deader than a convention of morticians. But my gang of five still had fun, thanks to a hilarious bartender named Kathrine … .” She obviously spelled my name wrong, but it seems to me I didn’t get as upset about that kind of thing back then as I do now.
I worked there with my friend Chuck and we used to get into all sorts of trouble. It got to the point where we had to be scheduled on different shifts. Harold was an endless source of amusement for us.
I had never worked in the financial district before so this was a totally new experience for me. It was weird waiting on people all dressed up from work, but you could tell they were ready to relieve stress from the trials of the west coast Wall Street.
I can’t remember the exact dates of working there, nor the restaurants I worked at immediately before or after this one. But I do know this was the first restaurant I worked at that didn’t have a big acting clientele. It was also the restaurant where I won the award for “best margarita of L.A. County.” That was a big deal to me back then as most of my friends were bartenders.
It was great getting a good review and award for mixing drinks. I only wish it had been true of my acting and I was getting one of those awards at a show for acting I like to watch even now. But Emmy or not, it’s nice to be appreciated for a job well done.