Selena Villegas portrait

Selena Villegas, Hobee’s Sunnyvale, Montague and Mountain View

Name:                         Selena Villegas
Home Hobee’s: Hobee’s Sunnyvale, Montague and Mountain View
Length of Service: 1 Year, 8 months
Position:       Manager
Why She’s The One: Selena has been incredibly flexible with her schedule this spring. Already splitting her time between Sunnyvale and Montague (with some Los Gatos shifts thrown in too), she jumped in to help at Hobee’s Mountain View when scheduling there became problematic. Selena’s can do attitude has definitely been noticed by her co-workers, customers and even a recent secret shopper, who wrote: “Selena was the epitome of a great manager. She was circling the floor, talking to guests and helping the server. She was smiling, laughing and very friendly.” Selena also learned how to do the SYSCO order and several other items generally reserved for the General Manager.  It’s always exciting to witness an employee step up to an unexpected challenge. We thank Selena for all of her help throughout the past several weeks and congratulate her on this award.


Alba and Humberto Ramos portrait

Alba Romero, Hobee’s Pruneyard

Name:                         Alba Romero
Home Hobee’s: Hobee’s Pruneyard
Length of Service: 14 Years
Position:       Host
Why She’s The One: Alba is one of our holdovers from Hobee’s Town and Country in San Jose. After that restaurant closed in 2000, she fortunately moved to the Pruneyard (alongside her husband Humberto, the Assistant Kitchen Manager) where she has been a rock star host ever since. Pruneyard Manager Tina Favaloro said: “All of the severs are so happy when they find out Alba is scheduled. The day is just so much smoother when she’s in charge of the bar.” What makes her so great? According to her co-workers, Alba never takes short cuts, is fast and effiicient, and always pitches in, even if it’s not her section. Server Nick Butera added: “Her drinks are  PERFECT!” “Perfect”: a word that sums up Alba’s performance quite nicely. We congratulate her on being our Star Employee of the Month!


Melissa Talbot Portrait

Melissa Talbot, Hobee’s Palo Alto

Name:                         Melissa Talbot
Home Hobee’s: Hobee’s Palo Alto
Length of Service: 8 Years in June
Position:       General Manager
Why She’s The One: In her Hobee’s career, Melissa has received lots of awards, including Employee of the Month in 2008. Still, we can’t let another month go by without recognizing how great she is doing as GM at Hobee’s Palo Alto. The restaurant’s sales increase for 2012 leads all other stores and the costs fall well within the targeted budget. Melissa’s energy and commitment have definitely contributed to those impressive statistics. She is always very hands on during her shifts, tending to customers and assisting employees. Most admirably, she comes in on her days off to help with large orders, attends chamber of commerce events and furthers Hobee’s social media standing with positive Facebook posts. Melissa truly cares about her restaurant. Her efforts have energized the Palo Alto crew and launched the restaurant into an exciting new era. We congratulate Melissa (once again!) on being our Star Employee of the Month!
Carmen Sanchez portrait

Maria del Carmen Sanchez, Hobee’s Sunnyvale

Name:                         Maria del Carmen Sanchez
Home Hobee’s: Hobee’s Sunnyvale
Length of Service: 3 1/2 Years
Position:       Server
Why She’s The One: Carmen has an ever-present smile and sunny disposition that help make her one of Sunnyvale’s most popular servers. Even in the high pressure environment of busy Hobee’s Sunnyvale, she doesn’t show her stress. It certainly helps that Carmen is very well organized and accurate with her orders. Because she thinks through each transaction, she’s able to spend more time with her guests and take service to the next level. Carmen’s husband, General Manager Misael Morales, wrote a terrific nomination on her behalf, but he was only one of several employees to say wonderful things about her. We congratulate Carmen on being our latest Star Employee of the Month!