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Scott Adams becomes the Pointy-Haired Boss

Dilbert creator Scott Adams went into the restaurant business a decade ago at two locations: Stacey’s Cafe in Waterford and Pleasanton California. Pleasanton has doen well, but the Waterford location has struggled and as business partner Stacey Belkin has been over-extended and Scott began to take on more of the day-to-day operations of the Waterford restaurant. The New York Times has an interesting write-up on Scott Adams as the Pointy-Haired Boss .

“I’ve been in this business 23 years, and I’ve seen a lot of things. He truly has no idea what he’s doing,” said Nathan Gillespie, the new, wise-cracking head chef, after discussing a recent dust-up with Mr. Adams over the grilled salmon filet. (Mr. Gillespie had experimented with what he called small changes to the dish; friends noticed them and told Mr. Adams, who admonished the chef that new dishes need to go through a formal review.)

Mr. Gillespie is still miffed. “He’s a really nice guy, but he relies on his friends’ opinions,” he said, lamenting that his boss’s friends probably think a chain restaurant has good pizza.

Scott does do somethings right as the article will tell you.

Community Comments

#1 Dawn
November/12/2007
@ 9:16 am

I love this quote:
Emma Lewis, the lunch manager, describes Mr. Adams as someone who should be shielded from tough decisions the way a crawling infant needs to be protected from household hazards. “We laugh and say weâ??re not going to let him watch the Food Channel,” she said. “He’ll think he can run a restaurant.”

Remember when he was going to create a burrito that would save the world from hunger? I actually saw those burritos once in a grocery store. I don’t think people were starving enough to eat them. That enterprise folded quickly.

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