7 TV shows that remind us restaurants make the best summer jobs

National Restaurant Association
3 min readAug 10, 2015


Have you ever held a summer job in a restaurant? Restaurants across the country are expected to add more than 522,000 jobs this summer, making the foodservice industry one of the biggest sources of summer jobs for our nation’s youth.

Here are 7 iconic restaurants from the world of TV, which remind us restaurants truly are the place to work during the summer — and throughout the school year.

1. The Max, Saved By The Bell

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Kelly Kapowski held down a job at the Max as a student at Bayside High. Fact: The restaurant industry is the nation’s largest employer of teens; 1.5 million people aged 16 to 19 work in restaurants — that’s one-third of all working teenagers in the U.S.

Gooooo Bayside!

2. The Peach Pit, 90210

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Brandon Walsh proudly worked for Nat at the Peach Pit– just like the 9 in 10 restaurant employees who say they are proud to work in the industry.

3. The Peacock, Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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Carlton started as a waiter at the Peacock before being promoted to manager. In actuality, 71% of restaurant employees aged 18 to 24 are promoted to a higher-paying position in the industry after their first job.

4. The Banana Stand, Arrested Development

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George Michael and Maeby learned the value of “there’s always money in the banana stand.” Summer jobs in the restaurant industry help young people earn money to support their education.

5. Rocket Burger, Sister Sister

Source: http://sistasista.wikia.com/wiki/Rocket_Burger

Tia and Tamera found their first jobs at Rocket Burger in Sister Sister, much like the thousands of other young Americans who develop important skills working in a restaurant that help them succeed in a wide variety of career paths.

6. Alamo Freeze, Friday Night Lights

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Matt Saracen and Brian “Smash” Williams made & served burgers at the Alamo Freeze in Dillon, Texas — joining the 69% of restaurant employees aged 18–24 whose first paid job was in the restaurant industry.

7. Gilmore Girls — Luke’s Diner

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Jess worked at his uncle Luke’s diner, serving coffee and setting the scene for many of Stars Hollow’s key moments, demonstrating the central role that restaurants play in thousands of communities across America as the original social network.



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