A soaring, convivial spot, the Optimist has a hopping oyster bar shaped like a surfboard, a first-rate cocktail program, and seafood cooked with old-school expertise over a wood fire.
Start with the grandness of the space - its inspiration taken from a vintage photo of a seafood plant in Savannah. The main dining room, with a white wooden ceiling trussed with steel rods and a wall of wine and spirits behind a waxed-steel bar counter, seats 180, with booths covered in a gold wet-suit fabric. Every table is taken every night.
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Those who climb the ladder from burrito-roller to manager at Chipotle can bring in the big bucks, according to a report by CBS Los Angeles .
CBS interviewed Lidia Castillo, a 22-year-old woman who worked her way up from an entry-level position to manager, general manager, and restaurateur.
A Chipotle executive said that position, which is like a senior manager, pays about $99,000.
“I get a bonus, I get a company car, and if I help somebody else become a general manager, I get $10,000," Castillo added.
The average starting salary at Chipotle is $21,000. Employees also get health insurance and two weeks of vacation.
Castillo told CBS she never believed she could earn such a high salary without a college education.
“That makes me really proud to say because I never imagined I could do something like that in such a short amount of time,” Castillo told CBS.
Chipotle has tried to differentiate itself as a more ethical fast food provider.
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