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Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Lewis.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started working in the restaurant industry when I was 15 years old. My very first job was as a hostess at The Cottage Restaurant in Wellesley – flash forward 10 years, and I would never have thought I’d end up as the Marketing Director for the entire company, but here I am!
I learned quickly throughout my time as a hostess that I loved the fast-paced nature of the restaurant industry and that food & beverage, guest relations, and service was not just an interest, but a passion of mine. I worked my way through every front-of-house position in the restaurant including bussing, running food, waiting tables, and by age 19 I was promoted to a part-time supervisor while balancing my full-time schedule as a student at Boston College.
As a communications major at BC, interpersonal relations peaked my interest! I loved talking to people. I took a short hiatus from the restaurant industry to explore what else hospitality has to offer and enjoyed a summer internship in the Guest Services department at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge. The following semester, I moved onto another internship as the Assistant to the Food & Beverage Director at the Four Seasons hotel in Boston – my favorite internship to date!
I ended up back at The Cottage restaurants again as a Social Media manager while I finished my degree at BC, and helped support and grow their social media presence and reputation management. Upon graduation, I moved briefly to Los Angeles where I worked at an up and coming start-up company, ChowNow, as a Restaurant Marketing Coordinator. It was a short-lived position for me, as 6 months after my big move out West, I was back in Boston and that’s when everything came full circle.
I scheduled a meeting with the restaurant owners and pitched this new idea of bringing me on as a full-time Marketing Director to support and grow their business – and three years later we are now a fully functioning restaurant group with five thriving restaurant locations!
Has it been a smooth road?
As every 20-something woman would probably say, there is always some struggle! Graduating from college and trying to find the right direction, location, the position is tough! I knew that I loved the Food & Beverage industry, but I also knew I didn’t want to be a General Manager – so where would I fit? It took some time, and even today I’m still learning the parts that I like and the parts that I don’t.
One of the biggest personal struggles I’ve experienced in this job, that has actually turned into a huge learning tool for me is my age! I was so incredibly lucky to land the title of “Marketing Director” at age 23. My role required me to be the face of the business and to meet and interact with lots of other professionals every single day. For the first year of my job, I was consistently called “sweetie” and “hun” and often when others met me for the first time, they often said “wow!” or mentioned that I was not what they were expecting. I get it – I was young. But, because I looked so young, other professionals would often look down on me, would try to circumnavigate me to reach the owners, or they would get frustrated with my decisions as if they would be different if they were speaking with “someone in charge”. I wasn’t being respected in my role because I looked young.
As frustrating as this experience was, it taught me an incredibly valuable lesson in confidence and self-worth. I wasn’t just acting like I was in charge – I WAS in charge! My voice and my opinion had actual weight to it and my co-workers knew I could get through that stigma. As time went on, my confidence and my presence grew – before long, everyone respected me as a fellow professional and, in fact, started to value my youth for bringing a fresh perspective to the table.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Poynt Newburyport – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Poynt Newburyport is a full-service restaurant in the heart of downtown Newburyport, MA. A quaint cobblestone town filled with culture, shopping, great restaurants, and a sense of community unlike any other. We opened The Poynt two years ago in October and have been incredibly well-received in town. We offer a little something for everyone on the menu including creative small plates, fresh seafood, wood-fired pizza, and even a few sushi roll selections. We pride ourselves on sourcing local products whenever possible and prefer to make our dishes from scratch, in-house, including our delicious house pasta!
We worked with Designer Taniya Nayak to develop The Poynt’s interior concept. Our location is a well-respected space in town and we wanted to ensure we kept the integrity of the building throughout our construction. So, you’ll see a nod to our space’s past as “John Farley’s Clothiers” with a portion of their logo painted on our brick wall. The back’s of our booths are fitted with men’s shirt fabric, too! You’ll also find other industrial light fixtures and pipe footrests to acknowledge the space’s previous life as a hardware store.
We are incredibly proud of our seasonal menu selections, our incredible culinary team, and our hard-working front-of-house team that makes The Poynt a continued hot spot in Newburyport!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We love the greater Boston community. We also LOVE our Northshore and Newburyport communities. All of the units in our restaurant group are located in the smaller town’s outside of the city proper and the local families who live there are our greatest supporters and advocates. We love the unparalleled sense of community that seeps beyond downtown Boston and into the entire state of Massachusetts. We are so proud to be a part of this greater Boston community!
- Address: 31 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
- Website: www.poyntnewburyport.com
- Phone: (978) 358-8501
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org