Crystal 1MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/14/19) — A local woman who serves as a restaurant hostess received recognition from co-workers along with the community at a Madisonville business this week.

Crystal Brinkley of Madisonville said her favorite part about working at Captain D’s off North Main Street are the guests that come into the restaurant. She has worked for the business since graduating from Madisonville North Hopkins High School.

The hostess has spent the past 15 years making sure customers’ glasses stay filled with sweet tea or supplies other items needed while patrons are dining in.

sunshineMoreover, many customers say they just like having her around to brighten their day.

Crystal also ensures dispensed items are kept stocked and well organized. Her mother, Lainie Brinkley, said she had friends join her Friday morning for the cheerful celebration.

“She’s been here for 15 years, and we’re thanking her for the 15 years of great service,” Captain D’s regional manager Mike Heath of Evansville, Indiana said. “We gave her cards, balloons and cake.”

The worker holds the longevity record in the Madisonville restaurant location, reporting to duty 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Wednesday and Friday for the lunch crowd.

Local restaurant manager Tonya Parker said she’s a delight to be around.

“When Crystal is not here, guests are looking for her,” Parker said. “I think a lot of our guests on Wednesdays and Fridays come in just to see her. If half of my people had the work ethic she has, we’d be setting records.”

Co-workers mentioned they couldn’t make it without Crystal due to the patience and kindness she carries each day.

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