March 20, 2009

Layoffs hit even bartenders

It's a sad, sad day when a bartender gets laid off.

Eddie Doyle was the guy who really did know everybody’s name, at least when he started working at the tavern that inspired the television show “Cheers.”

To the tens of thousands of tourists that later passed through, Doyle remained behind the bar to offer a smile, a beer and tips about where to find the Boston that wasn’t shown on TV.

Now Doyle is out of a job, laid off from “Cheers” after 35 years.

The bar’s owner has said a tough economy and sagging business forced the move, which was one of several layoffs.

Doyle said he’s not bitter about being laid off, just surprised and a little sad.

“This bar, for me ... it was not just another job,” Doyle said. “It was the perfect job.”

Posted by mcblogger at March 20, 2009 12:43 PM

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