Thursday, July 13, 2000

Waiters ready to race on the Square

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Waiters always have admired things French, so they are taking the Bastille Day waiters' race on Fountain Square seriously.

        The annual race where waiters — 24 of them this year — compete for best time carrying a tray loaded with a split of champagne and two glasses is scheduled this year for Friday at 11:30 a.m.

        No spilling and no running. Best times — one male, one female — get a ticket to Paris from Air France, sponsor of the event.

        Which is why people like Mary Lou Lind, longtime LaNormandie server, take it seriously. “She was training all week,” says Annette Pfund of Air France's inside sales department.

        At Uno's, where manager and race coach Noah Brauer has five servers competing, they're even more serious. “I've been running them all week and they're really pumped.

        “They've been going through here with their trays and splits, practicing daily. I'd like to have more in it, but I don't know how to do it without cutting my throat on Friday lunch.”


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