Shannon Curley, server, The Newsroom, 990 Nicollet Mall
Shannon Curley's got it made in her shades. Warm summer days draw the Newsroom server and her customers into the sun at the caf's sidewalk tables along Nicollet Mall. Curley usually works lunch, which draws a lot of Target employees, dinner and the busy happy hour (Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m., when tap beer and well drinks are $3; and Sunday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., when wine is $3, as well.)
Her favorite time to work? "When it's busiest."
Curley said she gets a lot of repeat customers, whom she gets to know and even misses when they don't come around for a while. Her favorite is "Karen who drinks Summits," Curley said, because she's fun and a good tipper.
Most of her customers are good folks, she said; she couldn't think of any horror stories, even after much prodding. Sometimes people are crabby, which she said rubs her the wrong way. "I like to talk to my customers," she said. "I try to be happy."
Curley is a fan of the recent bus detours off Nicollet Mall - during summertime evenings and for daytime repairs - and would like to see them removed entirely. She said she's gotten used to the buses, "but a first-time customer might think, 'What are these things?'"
Newsroom food is a perk of the job; Curley likes the Cobb salad and, when she works breakfast, the smoked salmon sandwich.