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Hats Off

This is our chance to recognize and thank those individuals who make our dining experiences so pleasurable. Next to the quality of our meals, service is the next best thing. It takes a strong team, from the front to the back of the house, to make your dining gratifying.

At Your Service

As a server at Croissants Bistro & Bakery in Myrtle Beach, Briana Lynch knows all about serving people. Recently, Lynch took helping people to a new level.Sasee magazine and The Little White Dress bridal shop joined forces to raise money for “Brides Against Breast Cancer,” a fundraising organization that helps brides-to-be who have cancer. Heidi Vukov, owner of Croissants, was one of five area women professionals chosen to participate. Each participant wore a bridal veil for a week and did what they could to raise funds.

Lynch knew she wanted to do her part to help Vukov and the cause of fighting breast cancer. “I don’t have that much money to donate, but I knew I could do something, and represent Croissants.” That something was donating all the tips that Lynch made during her shift on Sept. 2. She raised $282. “It was a wonderful experience,” she said. In total, the generosity of Vukov and her staff generated almost $800 for the week.

Lynch, 24, is currently a student at Horry-Georgetown Technical College where she is studying marketing and sales. Does she dream of managing or owning a restaurant one day? “Who knows? It’s a fast-paced industry. I love what I do, and where I work, so it’s a definite maybe!”

Front of House

It speaks volumes about a restaurant when a customer loves it so much that she ends up working at it. That is precisely what happened for Kathy Struncius, general manager of Fire Island Grille at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

“I loved the atmosphere. So, I applied for a position.” That was a little over a year ago, and since June, Struncius has been general manager. “I love the owners, and again, the atmosphere. Our food is great, and the size of the restaurant is a good size, not too big, not too small.” A native of the New York/New Jersey area, she has been in the Myrtle Beach area for the past four years, though she vacationed here for many summers.

Struncius says the philosophy of Fire Island Grille is “service with integrity. We feel good about our product, and everyone takes pride in their job of serving our customers.” This falls in line with her personal philosophy and Struncius says she “likes how the owners take pride in their business and are very involved. It makes my job all that better.”