Five Crowns' longtime marketing manager Margo Brask will retire on Feb. 2 — 46 years after she began working at the Corona del Mar restaurant as a server in between college classes.
"This was the place in Corona del Mar to work," Brask said. "We were the only thing in town, and every night was busy, busy, busy."
When Brask was hired in 1966, she recalls having three weeks of extensive training in order to manage the tableside flambés, carving of lamb and salad preparations.
At that time, the restaurant at 3801 E. Coast Hwy.'s "Bille of Faer" boasted Knightly Selections including a Five Crowns Cut of prime rib for $7.95 and a cup of coffee for 40 cents.
"I was supposed to go to college," Brask said. "But I wanted to bypass that. The money was too good. It wasn't easy, but it was fun to come work every day. You laughed, you talked to all the people, and I loved it."