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Camille’s fires wait staff looking for ‘fresh blood’

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CAMILLE'S, the historic Italian restaurant on Federal Hill, fired six of its wait staff to get some “fresh blood” in following renovations to the lounge and kichen, General Manager Michael Degnan told Providence Business News.
Posted 1/24/12

PROVIDENCE – Camille’s, the historic Italian restaurant on Federal Hill, fired six of its wait staff to get some “fresh blood” in following renovations to the lounge and kitchen, General Manager Michael Degnan told Providence Business News.

“I’m a believer in business. I want people to come and try this 90-year old restaurant icon,” he said. Degnan said he already has new staff lined up to replace the six that were terminated.

“It was a bold move. The ones I had were very talented - I would never say they’re not. It’s just sometimes … complacency. It’s just it was time for some change,” he said.

When asked by PBN if the move was indicative of financial trouble, he said:

“Financial trouble, absolutely, positively not. We’re owned by a corporation that’s very solvent. I just wanted some change – go in a different direction, [get] some fresh blood in here.”

The restaurant closed for three weeks, Jan. 1 to Jan. 21, to renovate the lounge and the kitchen: new banquettes in the lounge, a paint job and a brand-new kitchen.

“[We wanted to] modernize it; clean it; polish it. We want it to be almost like a hospital – so clean in here every day. That’s my ambition. I think that sets a nice example in this industry - people like to see clean,” he said.

Although Camille’s isn’t participating in Restaurant Weeks this winter due to the renovations, it plans on participating in the summer event.

Camille’s was established in 1914, originally at 174 Atwells Ave. It moved in 1919 to its current location at 71 Bradford St.

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