Fuddruckers Family Restaurant in Saskatoon still holds true to our simple recipe and values. This all came with our decades of experience being Saskatoon’s favourite family restaurant! One of the biggest factors in our ongoing success is our wonderful, loyal staff. What better content for our blog than to hear their stories. Perhaps we can even get some inside tips on their favorite menu items at Fuddruckers! In our first ‘Meet the Fudds Team’ post we introduce you to Jodie.
Q: What is your position at Fuddruckers?
A: General Manager of Fuddruckers
Q: How long have you been working at Fuddruckers?
A: I started in May of 1999 as a baker. I knew someone that worked there and she told me to apply. I got the job. I planned to stay a year – HA!
Q: What are some moments that stand out to you?
A: On my first day, the owner (Peter Golf) came up to me and introduced himself. From that day forward he always went out of his way to say hello when he came in. That left an impression on me. He didn’t have to do that but he did. My two previous jobs had been for large grocery store chains and there they didn’t care a whole lot about anyone, we were just a cog in a big wheel. It felt good to be recognized.
Q: How did you end up as General Manager?
A: A year after I started there was a change in management and I moved up. I worked as an assistant manager under Doug the previous general manager for 9 years and he left shortly after Peter passed away. I then took on the role of general manager. At the time I was worried about what would become of Fudds, who would take over as Peter’s death was so sudden. Thankfully Sabrina and Graham took over, with Myriam in the background. It’s been great. They are great people. They really care about the staff, not just the business. I truly believe they are the best bosses. They let me run the restaurant like it is mine! They are very supportive and help me. We all have different strengths so we work well together. Graham is my direct contact and his enthusiasm motivates me to try to be better at my job every day. Not all days are perfect but after a quick cha,t I’m ready to go again.
Q: What’s the favourite part of your job?
A: I love our guests. They are the best part of my day. Often I go from table to table just catching up with everyone (and not working – oops). Many of them feel like family. There are many that have been coming since (and likely before) I started.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
A: The other half of my story is that my husband Ed works at Fudds too. Around the time that I moved into management Peter who had met Ed a few times, asked him to do some maintenance work in the restaurant. Ed is a guy that can fix anything. Shortly after that, the butcher position opened up and he became the full-time butcher/maintenance man. So over the past 18 years, he has made a few million burgers (I think at least that many) and kept the Fuddruckers machine running smoothly! He has been the glue that has held the building together. Whenever there is a problem with something the staff know to go find Ed.
Q: How is it working with your spouse?
A: Fudds has been good for us. Most people don’t understand how we can work together but it works well for us. The upsides are we have our days off together, there is no problem trying to get time off together, we only have to drive one vehicle to work and at the Christmas party, we both know everyone! So it’s a win-win!
I love our guests. They are the best part of my day.
There is ALWAYS something awesome happening at Fuddruckers in Saskatoon!
Every month we tease your taste buds with mouthwatering specials, including our monthly themed special edition handmade shakes, which are always sure to please.