James Chavez, server at the Red Herring

“You’ll never work a day in your life if you like what you do.” That’s the motto James Chavez, server at the Red Herring, lives by, and if he’s ever taken your order, you know he means it. Chavez relishes in sharing his insights on the restaurant’s menu and just about anything going on in the area. “I really enjoy the hospitality and talking with people,” he said. “This job has allowed me not only to give service, but also to enjoy genuine interactions with our guests.” The University High School graduate is currently studying robotics and industrial controls at Texas State Technical College, and he’s got big goals. “My dream job would be to work at Nintendo of America or with Cinemark within their projection systems.” And he’s got the work-school-life thing all figured out. “I was really fortunate to obtain this job and also go to school at the same time,” he said. “I like what I do at work, and I like learning, so I hope to be able to continue both.” When the Red Herring had its grand opening in March, Chavez was hired as a host and busser, but quickly worked his way up to server, and he credits his team for recognizing his potential. “I look up to my management and mentors here,” he said. “They noticed my hard work and talent, and that feels great.” On your next visit ask to be seated in James’ section. You’ll leave feeling like the future is in good hands. — Gretchen Eichenberg

Red Herring

319 S 4th Street