Editor’s Note: It’s Their Job is a regular feature on the occupations of people around Portales
Name: Tanya Bustamante
Job: Waitress at La Hacienda Mexican & American Restaurant
Background: Bustamante was born and raised in Portales and graduated from Portales High School.
Time on job: Six years
What does your job entail? Normal waitress duties. I place customers at tables, get their drinks and make sure the customers are taken care of.
What is a typical day like for you? Every day is usually the same. I just clean and prepare everything for the rushes. I come in and prepare the chips and hot sauce. Between 2:30 and 5 in the afternoon, I clean and get everything ready for the night rush.
Why did you choose this job? My grandparents owned the restaurant before I was born. I grew up here and I have known how to take care of things here since I was little. My aunt and uncle own the restaurant now. My mom has waitressed and my dad has cooked. It is a family business.
What kind of training is needed for this job? It is mostly on-site training.
What do you enjoy most about this job? I enjoy being around people. At least once a day I meet someone new that is not from this area.
— Complied by PNT Correspondent Blake Downs