Gary Harris - Abyssinia 
- Job description: Waitstaff (Works in the front and back of house)
- 24 years old. 
- Born in Providence but raised in Smithfield, RI. 
- Initially thought he was applying at a Cambodian restaurant. 
- On the customers that come into the restaurant: 
“Most of the people that come in here know what they are getting themselves into, and they’re looking for something at least a little bit different than the rest of the food in Providence.” 
- On the longest shift he has ever worked, 14 hours, at a previous waitstaff job: 
"There was a time we were a little short on shift lead managers. So I did that shift a couple days a week, which was fairly terrible. But as long as you get a break in there and have other waitstaff to back you up it’s not that bad."

Gary Harris - Abyssinia 

- Job description: Waitstaff (Works in the front and back of house)

- 24 years old. 

- Born in Providence but raised in Smithfield, RI. 

- Initially thought he was applying at a Cambodian restaurant. 

- On the customers that come into the restaurant: 

“Most of the people that come in here know what they are getting themselves into, and they’re looking for something at least a little bit different than the rest of the food in Providence.”

- On the longest shift he has ever worked, 14 hours, at a previous waitstaff job:

"There was a time we were a little short on shift lead managers. So I did that shift a couple days a week, which was fairly terrible. But as long as you get a break in there and have other waitstaff to back you up it’s not that bad."

Gary Harris - Abyssinia 
- Job description: Waitstaff (Works in the front and back of house)
- 24 years old. 
- Born in Providence but raised in Smithfield, RI. 
- Initially thought he was applying at a Cambodian restaurant. 
- On the customers that come into the restaurant: 
“Most of the people that come in here know what they are getting themselves into, and they’re looking for something at least a little bit different than the rest of the food in Providence.” 
- On the longest shift he has ever worked, 14 hours, at a previous waitstaff job: 
"There was a time we were a little short on shift lead managers. So I did that shift a couple days a week, which was fairly terrible. But as long as you get a break in there and have other waitstaff to back you up it’s not that bad."

Gary Harris - Abyssinia 

- Job description: Waitstaff (Works in the front and back of house)

- 24 years old. 

- Born in Providence but raised in Smithfield, RI. 

- Initially thought he was applying at a Cambodian restaurant. 

- On the customers that come into the restaurant: 

“Most of the people that come in here know what they are getting themselves into, and they’re looking for something at least a little bit different than the rest of the food in Providence.”

- On the longest shift he has ever worked, 14 hours, at a previous waitstaff job:

"There was a time we were a little short on shift lead managers. So I did that shift a couple days a week, which was fairly terrible. But as long as you get a break in there and have other waitstaff to back you up it’s not that bad."

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This semester I joined the class project for ENVS 1560-Sustenance and Sustainability, which is in the process creating a foodshed map of Providence.

My group collected oral histories, through interviews, of Providence food workers. With the addition of their voices and stories we hope to better contextualize the quantitative data and, ultimately, provide a more complete picture of the Providence fooshed.

I interviewed workers, ranging from owners to servers, from two restaurants, Abyssinia and Louis. This blog presents the findings from these interviews and also more detailed information about our project as a whole.

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