First off, I know Jardine’s owner Beena through Hearne…
I met her about 10 years back at his home for a Super Bowl Party. It was a Who’s Who of KC. Even the Mayor and Star publisher Art Brisbane were there. Beena was married at the time. But it wasn’t long before she remarried and moved back to India. Hard to run a tight ship when the owner is gone that much.
Beena was kind and generous to me and my friends and family. I didn’t go to her club often, but when I did she was all over the table, Jardine’s guests and seemed to be a very hard worker. Beena loved her Jardine’s. When Hearne got divorced, he dated Beena for a while. So we saw each other fairly often then.
All I can tell you is this, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are a tough ticket – most don’t stay open more than a year or two.
One of the main reasons is people tire of a new place quickly. Another big problem is employee theft.
It just happens. The staff is handling alot of cash, especially behind a bar or the door money. You can count on some theft. If the owner is gone too much, then it becomes big time stealing.
The staff sees the club owner in his or her new car, nice clothes, nobody seems to be their boss, and in short order the owner is often seen as the BAD GUY. "He or She owes me"……if they don’t give it to me, I’ll take it. We earned it. WE DO ALL THE WORK."
This is a common battle cry. Why do you think restaurants and clubs are on computers? To slow down theft mostly.
No, the staff never will admit guilt. Never. Well, almost never.
Case in point: Actor Arliss Howard a very successful movie actor today who is married to Academy Award nominee Debra Winger, worked at Stanford’s in Westport from the mid 70’s to the early 80’s before going to Hollywood.
After several years of making big money and doing well (he co-starred in Full Metal Jacket and Jurassic Park) he came back to Stanford’s to see my dad, Stan. Arliss had always been a trusted and honest bartender back in the day. But when he returned, he gave my dad an envelope and said he was sorry for being broke and taking extra money when he worked at Stanford’s.
My Dad was shocked. "If Les stole, my God, the other guys must have been 10 times worse," Stan said.
The envelope had a couple grand in it. Damn. Lesson learned. Even honest people will take money if its easy and "everyone else is doing it." By the way what a kind act by Howard.
So in Beena’s case, I’m sure that theft was everywhere. The club got a bit out of control with Beena going through a divorce, battle with ex-husbands and bills, the tough economy in the entertainment world, and just being a single woman in a man’s business. That’s not easy. Give the girl some credit, she ran that spot for more than 10 years. It’s a well known club and the tops in jazz in KC.
Again, I have only been there a few times in the last couple years. I work on Friday and Saturday nights, so I am not out much to other clubs. But I never had a bad time at Jardine’s when I brought in people like Dave Coulier(Star of TV hit show Full House) and Tommy Chong (Cheech and Chong). We loved it there.
It’s my understanding that she owes her staff under $1,000. That makes sense in light of the fact the place had few employees and most were tipped employee’s so their hourly would be low.
She says she is going to pay them all and I believe her.
She is just pissed off over the theft stories brought to her by other staff and customers. Hey, when we closed American Chrome (right after changing the name from Johnny Dare’s) we had this happen. A ton of theft because I was barely there.
When you take federal bankruptcy which that club did, you are not allowed to pay anyone. It’s a crime if you do! All the people you owe would then need to be paid and you can’t be selective. It’s a tough deal for everyone. The stealing goes way up when the staff thinks its a sinking ship. It’s every man for themselves and then let’s move to the next club.
Stealing was rampant at American Chrome the last two months when word got out we were leaving.
Even a couple managers and trusted bartenders were taking big bucks. My brother Jeff and I were well trained against theft but we were too tied up legally to make a move until it was too late. There are always a couple honest people like Big Eric, who was loyal and a great guy. He was about the only one who we think didn’t steal from us. We lost like 30 grand in 60 days to theft.
Sad but true.
I hope Beena can keep the club open. I’m sure a few of those staffers were honest, but some weren’t.
Most will have other jobs in a week or two, but if Beena closes what will she do? Do they care? I doubt it, she is now the evil one. Knowing Beena, I’m sure she did many nice things for these guys and girls at times. She is not a mean person. I hope it all works out for everyone involved. Again I don’t know her staff, the ones I met seemed nice, but it’s the way of the world.
Everyone is out for themselves.