The Bagel Deli’s dining room, as usual, was recently filled to capacity at lunchtime, and as always, waitress Shirley Ross knew everyone there. And as always, she made the rounds of the dining area, shmoozing with all her customers, making them feel at home.
One thing was different that day, however. For the first time in 43 years, Ross didn’t have to serve a single meal because Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 was “Shirley Appreciation Day.”
The veteran waitress had recently retired, and on this day, her admiring regular customers gathered while Shirley held court, reminiscing and chit-chatting while other servers took orders, served meals and cleaned tables.