Forty years ago three young businessmen came together to build one of the most successful restaurant groups in downtown Salt Lake City. Gastronomy, Inc., better known for their Market Street Grill, the Oyster Bar and the New Yorker! With their eye on the business principle of high-quality service, casual surroundings and delicious food at a perceived value, they were the pioneers of "fresh seafood" in Utah.
Sticking true to their business feature of excellence, while they are known for the amazing variety of fresh seafood that they serve, Gastronomy is also known for the quality of their steaks which are every bit as good as the seafood. The clam chowder, served with a delicious sourdough bread, is known all over the country.
We got in touch with their Human Resources Director, Catherine Burns, to share her expertise in hiring for a successful restaurant business. Prior to that, she worked in their fine dining restaurant (recently closed) as a server, hostess and manager. Gastronomy, Inc. employs approximately 400 individuals and her main responsibility is to make sure they have a great work environment for the staff. Catherine is also in charge of workplace safety, food safety and participate in their marketing efforts. She is also the manager of the corporate office.
The organization has been successful because the owners and managers of its restaurants demand top performance from themselves and their employees. With more than 25 years in the restaurant business and nine successful operations, Gastronomy, Inc. continues to expand.