Jeff Bolton has been with Huey’s continuously for more than a decade, serving as a bartender at different locations for many of those years. Jeff’s life outside of work consists of hunting, golfing and caring for his three children. Family has been a priority throughout Jeff’s life, and that can also be said for his Huey’s family as well.
After falling into the monotony of the day-to-day work grind, Jeff realized that his job wasn’t enjoyable and promptly left to pursue something more exciting. That’s when he came to Huey’s. Throughout his career Jeff never imagined he’d find himself in the restaurant industry, but was drawn to the close-knit camaraderie at Huey’s and has loved it ever since.
Jeff’s Huey’s tenure initially began at the Midtown store in 1993 back when there were only three Huey’s locations. He admits that while he left Huey’s a few times, he has always been drawn back to the family atmosphere. Over the years he got to know longtime Huey’s owner Thomas Boggs, who Jeff remembers as honest, good and very involved. “You could find him running food out to guests or making drinks anytime you walked in,” Jeff said.
The family atmosphere of Huey’s continued as Jeff grew close with many of his coworkers over the years. “We were always a big family – hanging out regularly and even going on vacations together.” But more important than the good times, his work family was also there for him during the difficult times.
Seven years ago, his middle child had to have surgery in St. Louis, causing Jeff to take off work for two weeks. Jeff knew the loss of two weeks’ wages would hit him hard, but so did his coworkers. They banded together and raised money to compensate for Jeff’s missed work.
“Seeing the company grow speaks to the Boggs family for how well they’re running it. They aren’t the kind of bosses who sit back and watch. They’re very involved and hands-on, which impacts the staff and has created this Huey’s family and lasting success.”
Congrats on 10 years (and then some), Jeff!