She Was Alameda's First Black Waitress and 41 Years Later She Still Works at the Same Diner!


For the past 41 years, Dolores Jeanpierre has been waking before dawn to open Ole’s Waffle Shop in Alameda, California.

Jeanpierre makes history not only because she has been working at the spot since 1975, but also because she was Alameda’s first black waitress when she got the job all those years ago.

Unfazed by her place in the town’s history, Jeanpierre who is originally from Louisiana, is now a central figure in the lives of many of the diner’s lonely patrons, who have been regulars there for decades.

Like other notable waitresses who made headlines for their acts of kindness, including Jessica Dunbar, who paid the bill for a table of policemen after one of their own had passed and Kayla Lane who did the same for a grieving couple, Jeanpierre takes an interest in her customers.

By her own admission, she knows about 80% of them by their first names and specific table settings by the regulars who sit there. Adored by the locals, Jeanpierre who knows the “usual” breakfasts of her longstanding customers and therefore no longer needs to take their orders, says she loves her customers and likes to spoil them.

In the video below you will see the 64-year-old server constantly on her feet and scoff at the idea of retiring at 65!

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The Regulars – Ole’s Waffle Shop from San Francisco Chronicle on Vimeo.