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"We called it a waitress back then," Stewart said. "Not a food server. And I wore the hat and the apron and the, you know, the cuffs, and I got hooked. I fell in love with the restaurant business. I love the constant feedback. I love the interaction with the guests. I love the ability to make a difference in someone's life in 35 minutes or 40 minutes — from the day I went in the restaurant and put on the uniform and felt proud to be a part of IHOP."
Stewart was a 16-year-old waitress who worked her way up and became the chief executive of the company where she once poured the coffee and delivered the flapjacks.
"I'm the luckiest woman in the world, right? I'm living the American Dream. You know, food server made good," Stewart said.
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