In 30 years at Rothschild’s Family Restaurant, Doris Weber, former head cook, estimates that she broke and cooked more than 700,000 eggs.
Weber, Washington, began working at the restaurant Aug. 24, 1981, the day her youngest son Cory began school. She retired Thursday, May 12.
Her oldest son Ron worked at the restaurant and told her about the open position. They worked together for one month before he left to pursue another job.
When she began though, it wasn’t Rothschild’s as we know it today. It was an A&W franchise, owned by Charlie and Marge Rothschild.
Weber would work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and could still be home in time for her four boys to be home from school.
“It was perfect,” she said. “It worked out really well.”
In 1986, the store changed into Rothschild’s Family Restaurant and began a breakfast and dinner menu. Weber served the first breakfast after the restaurant made its transition.
Weber began coming in at 4 a.m. to prepare biscuits, sausage gravy and make sure everything was ready for breakfast.
“The biscuits are made from scratch,” she said. “They’re not frozen like (other places).”
Cinnamon rolls are made from scratch as well, she added.
In 2001, Charlie and Marge Rothschild’s daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Jason Witte, bought the restaurant.
Not a whole lot changed when the owners switched hands, Weber said, but Jason Witte did do some cosmetic work to the building.
“I had a table sitting next to the grill with a Formica top that I would use to set my utensils on,” Weber said. “Jason wanted to get rid of it but I joked that I wouldn’t let him.”
Eventually though, the table was replaced with a stainless steel table with a warmer.
During her last day at the restaurant, Jason Witte presented Weber with a piece of the old counter top he had saved, worn from where she had broken countless eggs.
“I couldn’t believe it. He kept it all these years without me knowing it,” she said, noting that he must have saved it seven or eight years. “That was a surprise.”
Weber said though she was ready to retire she will miss some aspects of her job.
“The (Rothchild) family was very, very good to me,” she said. “I could not have had better employers to work for.”
Weber said retirement hasn’t really set in just yet.
“I still feel like I’m on vacation,” she said in late May.
Now though, she said she is hoping to do a lot more camping during the week with her husband, Melvin Weber, who retired in 2001. The couple were married 47 years in June.
Weber also enjoys needlework and will quilt with Our Lady of Lourdes quilting ladies or the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. She also plans to help with more funeral dinners prepared by the Auxiliary..
Though Melvin Weber is retired, he still drives a truck to deliver cars and Weber said she will accompany him on those trips as well.
Weber said she also will spend time with her family and eight grandchildren.