Behind the Brewpub ScenesThey've been here making sure everything is right, from the very beginning—say hello to Jude and Xavier.
Running a brewpub isn’t easy- it’s a lot of work, a lot of sweat and the occasional tears.
There are a lot of good, earnest people working behind the scenes, who put in a great deal of effort, round-the-clock, to ensure that everything you love about Toit stays that way.
And these people are none other than our never-tiring, ever-inspiring staff.
Our very own Toit Army- a battalion dedicated to the cause of good beer!
They’re two of our originals, who’ve been with us from the start, and they’re the ones making sure everything at Toit is better than perfect—for you, of course. Say hello to our team of two, senior stewards Jude Felix and Xavier.
How long have you been working at Toit?
Jude: Almost 4 and a half years. Six months after it opened, I joined.
Xavier: I am here from the beginning.
I am here from the beginning.
What were you doing before you joined Toit?
Xavier: Before also, I was working as a steward.
Jude: I was working in an Insurance company. I worked for three years over there.
How did Toit happen?
Jude: When I was working in the insurance company, I met with an accident. I had to take bed rest for 6 months. I did my IRD course and all, but later my head office closed. My brother was working as a bartender. He told me try this field, and he told me about Toit.
Xavier: I have been a steward from the start. Was working for my previous company for 9 years. One very close friend of mine, who is a DJ, told me that this place is opening and to try for a job here. And so I joined here.
So what is your job like?
Jude: We’re senior stewards. We have two shifts—morning and evening. When we come in the morning, we set the entire place up. Then we start working by 12 when the guests come. Taking orders and serving, etc. Then we have a break at 3 pm, and get back again at 6 pm.
Xavier: Sometimes we work together, sometimes we do different shifts. Management decides that.
Sometimes we work together, sometimes we do different shifts.
Jude: We have to manage floors. Before the floor opens, everything needs to be set. We need to be thorough with everything. We leave at the end of the day, after finishing our job and sending the guests. We set up a little also, so that next day in the morning it will be easy for us.
When are your off days and what do you do during your offs?
Xavier: My off-day is Monday and his is Thursday.
Jude: I wanted my off to be Thursday, because I am a Christian and I go to Infant Jesus Church every Thursday compulsorily. I don’t miss it. I’m married and I have a daughter also, who is two years old. So we go to church and then go to a restaurant for a nice lunch. Then we come back home and I watch movies. I love horror movies, so once my daughter sleeps I watch horror movies.
Xavier: My day, I spend it with my daughter, who is ten months old. I’m with her from the morning till the evening. Then I go to a bar, and I drink whatever I like. But I’ve stopped that now because of some health problems. Can’t drink for another three months.
Actually I love playing football.
Do you have any hobbies you pursue in your free time?
Jude: Actually I love playing football. I used to play for the State Police team as well. And when we have matches I play for the Toit team also. I love football, and I support Chelsea. I also do mimicry. I can imitate south indian actors.
Xavier: I really like the actor Vijay. He is my favourite. The days his movies are released, I take leave and go watch them.
And I just like drinking, I think.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Jude: See, we get all kind of guests here, and we have to interact with them. Because we are the ones who are going to attend to them. So we need to judge the situation and adjust accordingly.
Since you’ve been here from the start, have you noticed any major change over the last five years?
Xavier: When we joined, there was no brewery!
Jude: They’ve also opened new sections and extended the place. Over time, Toit has become like one place where if someone visits Bangalore they have to come here.
Xavier: We are not doing any marketing, guests themselves are doing it. Like one customer told me that he was from Bombay, and his friend had told him to visit Toit if he was going to Bangalore.
We are not doing any marketing, guests themselves are doing it.
So it’s a very busy job. Do you like that it’s so hectic?
Jude: Yes! If it not’s busy, then we will get bored. When it’s busy, times just passes and we get to do a lot of work also.
Do you have any favourites here?
Xavier: My favourite beer is the Colonial and the Toit Steak.
Jude: My favourite beer is the Toit Weiss, and in food, the Prawns on Fire.
What is the best and worst thing about your job?
Xavier: Best thing is the four owners, and the worst thing, is that from the last 10 months, Friday and Saturday it stays open till 1 am.
Jude: The thing I like most, is that I am very comfortable with the staff and management. For me, that is the most important thing. Worst thing…is nothing actually.