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The Hungry Cowboy: Service and Community in a Neighborhood Restaurant

Karla A. Erickson

Abstract

At a Tex-Mex restaurant in a Minneapolis suburb, customers send Christmas and Hanukkah cards to the restaurant, bring in home-baked treats for the staff, and attend the annual employee party. One customer even posts in the entryway a sign commemorating the life of his dog. Diners and servers alike use the Hungry Cowboy as a place to gather, celebrate, relax, and even mourn. Moments such as these fascinate the author of this book, who worked for the restaurant. Weaving together narratives from servers, customers, and managers, the book explores a type of service work that is deeply embedded in ... More

Keywords: Tex-Mex restaurant, Minneapolis, customers, Hanukkah cards, employee party, Hungry Cowboy, service work, personal relationships, community, market transactions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732061
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732061.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karla A. Erickson, author

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