Chris Lane is one of the pivotal parts of the machine that is Sullivan’s Castle Island.
What began as an after school/summer job 25 years ago, has transformed into a rewarding career for Chris. General duties like ordering supplies and making sure all food and drink stations are manned are part of his job description, but Chris’ most rewarding and import role is training his new recruits to the Sullivan’s team. The teens that Chris trains, have got to be prepared to handle crowds of sometimes in the thousands. These kids have got to be able take orders, make change, assemble orders, call out orders and do it with a smile and without the folding under pressure. Not an easy task to say the least, but Chris handles it with patience, a sense of humor and efficiency. Under his expert guidance, Chris has trained more than 1000 employees – employees that deliver the great food and service it is known for. And with Sullivan’s celebrating its 60th season of food and fun, Chris Lane is one of the reasons for its success.
Just the Facts
- Born and bred in Southie
- Graduated from St. Brigid’s and Don Bosco High School
- Is a homeowner on East Seventh Street
- Has a sister Michelle and a brother Eddie
- Favorite restaurant other than Sully’s is Cafe Porta Bella
- Enjoys trips to Foxwoods and dinners with friends and family
Things You Might Not Know
- Bowls every Tuesday night in a league at the South Boston Yacht Club
- Busiest time at Sullivan’s was Tall Ships 1992
- Worked at Sullivan’s in the old building for two summers before the current one was built
- Before Sully’s became automated, he had to do all the adding of orders in his head and shout them to the kitchen i.e. “One dog all around and a black zero.”
- Some of the kids from Sullivan’s made a Youtube video about Chris called “Basically.”
- He has an amazing sense of humor and a good heart
According to Chris, the fish and chips are delicious. “It’s fresh fish and it’s so good. A perfect choice for Lenten Fridays,” says Chris.
Chris is a remarkable manager at Sullivan’s not only dedicated to the place but to its employees. He wants to help create hard-working Sully’s workers but more importantly to help shape young lives and motive them to be secure, hardworking and productive members of society. And Chris’ example is a lead for them to follow.