Corazones de Melones

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Today the temperature is 97 and it’s Sunday following a long hot week. We changed the menu at the restaurant, which takes a lot of effort. The day of the menu change was Thursday it was like 100 degrees and our PM Chef Glenn was at home sick so Chef Alonso worked all day.

nayeli garcia xoco chicago watermelon nichols farm alfonso sotelo arthur mullen xoco chef manager 3rdarm reefer

We are down a manager in Topolobampo (Oliver flew the coop) so I had to close Tuesday and Wednesday, and then come back in super early Thursday. Chef Alonso worked a 15 hour days Thursday. We were both running on fumes. During the dinner service, around 6 or 7PM, Chef Alonso and I shared a moment outside in the back alley.

nayeli garcia xoco chicago watermelon nichols farm alfonso sotelo arthur mullen xoco chef manager 3rdarm reefer

A delivery driver was blocking a UPS driver from exiting the alley. They were yelling names and hurling obscenities at one another. Chef Alonso and I, not even talking to each other, nevermind these idiots, stared out at the back of the restaurant as if 1000 yards away it were waves crashing peacefully on a sandy beach. The UPS driver hawked a lugie into the drivers side window of the car, and the two men started beating on each other, smashing the UPS guys glasses, in a headlock, wailing away. Without a word, Chef Alonso and I went back inside.

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