The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) is pleased to name a new Restaurant Legend from Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. Alvin “Butch” Smith was recognized at a special ceremony at Gino’s Restaurant on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
The Restaurant Legends Award recognizes the long-term dedication of employees of the restaurant industry, with 20 or more years of service at an establishment.
Smith has worked at Gino’s Restaurant for 42 years, making him one of the few career waiters in Baton Rouge. Gino’s is the longest running privately owned restaurant still open in the city. Regulars at the restaurant know to ask the host to sit in Smith’s section when they come in for a bite to eat.
“Customers call directly to him and ask him to hold their table and make sure they are taken care of,” LRA President & CEO Stan Harris said. “He shares his fanatical hospitality with them every time they visit Gino’s. We are honored to recognize him as a Louisiana Restaurant Legend.”
Smith’s father, Alvin Smith, Sr., also worked for Gino’s at its original location on Perkins Road. He got his son a job back in 1976.
“Very seldom do you see someone that’s a bartender or a waiter in this profession for 42 years,” Gino’s Restaurant owner Gino Marino said of Smith. “That’s something that’s really rare in Baton Rouge. We are lucky to have him here!”
Smith joins the 270 individuals in our state recognized by the LRA through its Restaurant Legends program. Collectively, these industry professionals have nearly 5,000 years of service to Louisiana restaurants and suppliers.