UnderCover Waitress: Cafe Gratitude Cult

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cafe Gratitude Cult

Just a quick note today. Those of you who are interested in the underbelly of the Cafe Gratitude chain of restaurants that are closing will enjoy this article that first appeared in the East Bay Express on August 5, 2009.

I Am Annoyed And Disappointed is relevant today. I speculate that it may reveal the truth behind the Engelhart's decision to close their restaurants. They may simply wish to avoid any further scrutiny and lawsuits tend to invite scrutiny.

The author, Sam Levin, exposes the cult-like philosophy, workplace culture and requirements to which the Engelharts held their employees. Anyone familiar with EST will recognize much of what Levin writes about. 


  1. That chain didn't make it north of the border; I hadn't heard of it until recently.

    The Engleharts sound like nutty wankers to me...

  2. I think of Canada as that relatively sane place far to the north...


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