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Waiter Rant
File:Waiter Rant web site.png
The Waiter Rant home page as of 2008-10-03
URL http://www.waiterrant.net
Created by Steve Dublanica
Launched April 2004

Started in April 2004, Waiter Rant is a widely read weblog written by Steve Dublanica. In roughly bi-weekly installments, Dublanica wrote vignettes about the lives of wait staff and customers. Dublanica originally wrote the blog anonymously as "The Waiter."

Dublanica’s writing style, shtick, and ability to give the reader something they need have caused this blog to become wildly popular in the United States as well as parts of Europe, Asia, and Australia.[citation needed] On July 29, 2008, the book Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter, based on the blog, was published.[1] The accompanying PR, including TV appearances, meant that “The Waiter” had to give up his anonymity. The book spent five weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list in 2008.[2]

The stories were originally about "The Bistro," a restaurant in the New York area where Dublanica worked for seven years through 2006.[3] New York Magazine later revealed that "The Bistro" is Lanterna Tuscan Bistro in Nyack, New York.[4]

Later stories were about "Café Machiavelli." On July 19, 2008, Dublanica announced that he had quit his job at Café Machiavelli in preparation for his book's publication.[5] Dublanica planned not to go back to the restaurant industry, although he would continue his blog.[5]

Waiter Rant was one of five finalists for "Best American Weblog" for the 2006 Bloggie Awards.[6]

Waiter Rant won "Best Writing in a Weblog" in the 2007 Bloggie Awards.[7]

Announced January 27, 2007, Dublanica's piece Cold Autumn is included in the W.W. Norton anthology The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 1 (2007).

On July 8, 2008, Dublanica announced he would shed his anonymity and participate in a book signing and Q&A discussion at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 29th at Borders Books inside the Time Warner Building in Manhattan[8] He revealed himself as Steve Dublanica in an interview with the New York Post on July 29th.[9]

On September 22, 2008 it was announced that Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, ordered another book from Dublanica, titled "At Your Service."[10]

On September 29, 2008, Dublanica announced that his book had been optioned for TV.[11]

Steve Dublanica appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on October 15, 2008.[12]

Usual topics

Dublanica's topics of choice run the gamut from rude customers to bad tippers to conversations had throughout the day. There are also often posts about things occurring outside the restaurant which lead him to observations and reflections. There are many references to his past as a seminarian, as well as posts referencing his work in mental health care at an undisclosed psychiatric hospital.


  1. "Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter". Amazon.com. Amazon.com. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2F0061256684&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  2. "Best Sellers: Nonfiction: Sunday, September 14th 2008". New York Times. The New York Times Company. 2008-09-14. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fgst%2Ffullpage.html%3Fres%3D9F0CEED8123AF937A2575AC0A96E9C8B63%26scp%3D8%26sq%3Dwaiter%2520rant%2520best%2520sellers%26st%3Dcse&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  3. Waiter Rant » Blog Archive » No More Bistro
  4. Dublanica, Steve (2008-07-29). "Exclusive: The Restaurant in ‘Waiter Rant’ Is Revealed". Grub Street. New York Media LLC. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnymag.com%2Fdaily%2Ffood%2F2008%2F07%2Fexclusive_the_restaurant_in_wa_1.html&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dublanica, Steve (2008-07-19). "Turn, Burn, Bye". Waiter Rant. Steve Dublanica. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwaiterrant.net%2F%3Fp%3D483&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  6. "Sixth Annual Weblog Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2F2006.bloggies.com%2F&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  7. "Seventh annual Weblog Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2F2007.bloggies.com%2F&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  8. Dublanica, Steve (2008-07-08). "Book Signing!". Waiter Rant. Steve Dublanica. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwaiterrant.net%2F%3Fp%3D480&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  9. Spartos, Carla (2008-07-29). "The Waiter Gets Mad - and Gets Even". New York Post. NYP Holdings, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nypost.com%2Fseven%2F07292008%2Fentertainment%2Ffood%2Fsecret_service_122005.htm&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  10. Publisher Orders Another Book From ‘Waiter Rant’ Author -- Grub Street: New York Magazine's Food and Restaurant Blog
  11. Dublanica, Steve (2008-09-29). "TV Land". Waiter Rant. Steve Dublanica. Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwaiterrant.net%2F%3Fp%3D513&date=2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  12. http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/oprahshow/20080909_tows_rude/8

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