NYRA proposes eliminating maitre d's and dining room captains
The T-U is reporting that NYRA is proposing eliminating jobs of about 25 maitre d's and captains at the Saratoga track. This one bothers me for two reasons: (1) because people are losing their jobs, (2) because it seems like one of the main reaons people find Saratoga Springs special is that it is a place where tradition and regalia has survived. Saratoga is about opulence and experiencing the finer things, and that's a good thing. I don't want "Applebees at the track". For the couple of times I go to the nicer dining venues during track season I think it's great that I can show my 80 year old mother not just a fun experience, but a classy one as well. I get that NYRA has to change and save money in places and this isn't intended to bash them because they probably feel damned if they do, damned if they don't, but cutting customer service and making the dining experience the same old, same old is absolutely not the way to go.