Michelle Ayer has witnessed many changes at Seguino’s Restaurant. A Hampden resident, she first reported to work at the restaurant on Oct. 28, 1982, just 10 days before Steve Seguino opened the restaurant named after his family.
Ayer worked as a waitress until three years ago, when she became the full-time day manager at Seguino’s. She had assumed the manager’s responsibilities three years earlier, but kept her waitress’ position.
Today, Ayer supervises the 16 waitresses (five work days, 11 work nights); serves as the hostess, greeting customers at the entrance; supervises the five bartenders; and handles other duties like organizing the banquets and private parties held in the upstairs function rooms at Seguino’s.
“Our clientele has changed quite a bit since 1982,” Ayer recalled. “Back then, a lot of our customers were professional people, lawyers, bankers, other professions.
“Now it’s a mixture of all different types of people,” she said. “We see many customers regularly. They’ve got a favorite place they like to sit, and we get to know their favorite dishes.”