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Mark Mindykowski


Mark Mindykowski, born in 1958, started his career in 1975 waiting tables at a country club in Jacksonville, Florida. He enjoyed working as a waiter because he likes people. And, it turned out, the money was pretty good, too. Rather than pursue a less lucrative job, he continued waiting tables. Mindykowski moved to Atlanta with aspirations to advance his career. He worked the Banquet service at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta in 1985.

In 1988, Mindykowski got a job working at Trotter’s, a sister restaurant of Bone’s Steakhouse. He soon became a waiter at Bone’s Steakhouse, a restaurant he considers to be one of the best in the Southeast. Mindykowski takes great pride in his career as a waiter. He sees Bone’s as a place that treats its employees with high esteem. Because he feels valued, he is inspired to strive for excellence every day.

Date of interview:
2019-09-17

Interviewer:
Annemarie Anderson

Photographer:
Henri Hollis

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