We asked Alyce Gonzales a few questions about her job as a bartender at Cypress Grille in Boerne.
How long have you been a bartender?
I’ve worked at Cypress 10 years this last March.
What got you into this industry?
I had worked as a life guard and swim teacher in California and was looking for something different.
What keeps you at your job?
Over the last ten years, I have developed such a wonderful relationship with my regulars. I watched their families grow, get married and have children. It’s also nice meeting new people that are interested in moving to the area.
What’s something people don’t understand about your job?
This job requires a lot of patience… and it’s more challenging that just pouring wine.
Your favorite misconception about your job?
Maybe that this job is fun and care free and easy. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that I don’t think people realize. Just a reminder to be nice to your local bar tender and be happy to have a night out on the town!
What’s been the hardest part about your job?
Keeping my head straight while constantly trying to keep all of the requests I get in order.
Do you REALLY act like a therapist to a lot of people?
That is definitely a truth, and people are secret safe with me. I think I have heard everything on the emotional spectrum.
What makes your bar so special to you?
I love the comfortable atmosphere. I think it lets people relax and connect with their loved ones. It’s nice to go out and rely on a wonderful dinner and nice glass of wine.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully somewhere new. I’ve been talking about going back to school forever, it would be really nice to finally make that happen.
What’s something that people would find surprising about your job?
Probably how long I’ve been at my job . . . a decade!