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- About 40 Playboy Bunnies work at the recently opened Playboy Club in New York City.
- Richie Notar, the club’s creative director, told Business Insider that the club looked for two main things when hiring a Bunny.
- The club wants the Bunnies to have a warm disposition, helping customers feel at ease, and to have something interesting going on in their lives outside the job.
The club’s creative director, Richie Notar, told Business Insider the club looked for two main things when hiring a Bunny to work at the club.
First and foremost, the club looks for people who have a welcoming and warm disposition.
“Because in that cruel and terrible world out there in New York City, you walk through those doors and it’s like walking into a house, and you hug someone with your smile and you look at them,” Notar told Business Insider. “You’re not like, ‘Uh, reservation?’ I want eye-to-eye contact.”
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When someone makes customers feel at ease right when they walk in the door, it makes a difference for their entire experience at the club, he said.
“From that point on, what happens is the food tastes better, the table is more comfortable,” Notar said. “Everything seems better when you feel like you’re in good hands.”
Notar said the club also looked for candidates with something interesting going on in their lives outside the job.
“One of the things that I would like to do … is focus on people that have something interesting outside of this,” Notar said. “I want them to be interesting in different ways other than just bringing you a drink.”
One of the Bunnies on staff at the club is a dental hygienist, while another is an opera singer who agreed to sing an “operatic happy birthday” song to a customer, much to Notar’s delight.
Of course, prior hospitality experience is a bonus, Notar said. “But my philosophy has always been, you have to start with a good person.”
If there’s one thing Notar won’t tolerate from potential Bunnies, it’s attitude.
In New York, he said, “the hotter the restaurant, they’re like, ‘I’m doing you a favor by letting you in.’
“There’s a lot of attitude,” he continued. “No attitude on my watch.”