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Jacqueline Tard, employee

Bully's Restaurant

Jacqueline Tard has worked for the Bully family since the early 1980s. She started out with the senior Mr. Bully when he owned a corner market, and when Tyrone Bully opened his restaurant in the same community, she moved over to help him. She’s worked at Bully’s ever since, prepping food, waiting tables, and welcoming customers. Her smile greets diners when they arrive, and she knows most everyone by name. She’ll talk with guests across the dining room, making connections and introductions when someone new walks through the door. Though she doesn’t have children of her own, she’s watched generations grow up at her tables. She takes pride in the restaurant’s offerings—scratch cooking is rare these days, she’ll tell you—and she’s fiercely loyal to the Bully family. When asked how many more years she plans to work before retiring, she just grins, shakes her head, and says, “I love my job.”

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Mary Beth Lasseter

Mary Beth Lasseter

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