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Is the Coffee Fresh?

Confessions of Drama, Dysfunction and Daily Life at a Downtown Coffeehouse

woman-reading-marc-renson-book-coffee-freshA framed picture has disappeared from the men’s room wall…

The freezer is suddenly and inexplicably on the fritz…

A man at the counter can’t comprehend the cool cantaloupe soup…

And the health inspector just walked through the door.

Don’t panic – it’s just another day at Ambition Coffee House & Eatery!

“Welcome to my world… and my ambition!”

Business co-owner and author Marc Renson takes you on an entertaining and outrageous journey of madness and mayhem experienced in the daily operation of Ambition, one of downtown Schenectady, New York’s most popular restaurants. Read about the celebrities who eat there and meet “the regulars” who keep the staff alert with their cosmic questions: Is the sandwich special good? Does your cream of tomato soup have milk in it? Will the Cajun spices bother me? And of course… Is the coffee fresh?

While you’re at it, contemplate the question – Do crazy people really wear red shoes? While you’ll be laughing out loud, the answer may actually have you glancing through your own closet…

Interestingly enough, enduring the insanity of what people say and do results in an understanding that everything happens for a reason. There is a purpose for meeting all the people along life’s journey.

Many people dream of owning a restaurant. Marc Renson tells of the drama, dysfunction, and daily life that come with making that dream come true. After twelve years of owning Ambition Marc has seen and heard just about everything. With wit and humor he has penned his first book about the dysfunction and drama involved in the food service industry.

After several years of passively watching customers’ unusual interactions Renson decided to put pen to paper to set the record straight and crafts a truly unique book. Using his own personal writing style and humor Marc demonstrates that people are absolutely crazy.

Read about life from the other side of the counter and what customers say and do at his restaurant in Schenectady, NY, Ambition Bistro. Read about magically disappearing items and past employees who took employee benefits to a whole new level. Renson crafts his own human nature study to prove crazy people wear red shoes and his theories may have you glancing through your own closet!

Scribbling his notes on napkins, receipts, and other handy pieces of paper, these anecdotes were first compiled by Renson in his dresser drawer starting in 2002.

Marc Renson wants you... to come enjoy the food, music, drinks and ambiance at Ambition!

Marc Renson wants you… to come enjoy the food, music, drinks and ambiance at Ambition!

A boy from New Jersey who found his way to Schenectady, NY, Renson turns his trials and tribulations into triumph as he constructs a personal journey ruled by one man’s passion and desire to live his dream of owning a restaurant. Whether it’s serving a cappuccino to Hollywood actress Barbara Eden, feeding New York Times Best Selling Author Bethenny Frankel, or crafting Paleo recipes for Bradley Cooper you’ll be happy Renson let you into his world. Renson proclaims, “Like attracts like. I like food, music and Hollywood. Welcome to my world and welcome to my Ambition!” As an extra, Renson shares a few recipes that his customers have been asking for for years!

Renson, who holds an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Schenectady County Community College, also gives credit to the School of Hard Knocks. Renson laughs, “Is The Coffee Fresh? is Culinary Class 101 that colleges should add to their curriculums.”

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