AUBURN, Mass. – As temperatures flirted with 100 degrees on Wednesday, many Auburn residents found themselves by the air conditioning at work or by the pool on vacation. What if you had to work in a kitchen on a brutally hot summer day?
Workers at Auburn Town Pizza get to experience that fun throughout the summer, as they work in one of the hottest places in town.
“Spending your day next to a 500-degree oven is uncomfortable, but the main thing is to stay hydrated so you keep your energy up,” said Todd Golsch, manager at the pizza shop. “You just keep some food and water around, almost as if you were out playing sports. You kind of look at it as more of a workout than as work.”
Golsh said the restaurant at 69 Auburn St. tends to get more busy when the temperatures outside begin to skyrocket.
“People especially with no air conditioning don’t like to turn on their ovens and cook, so we get even busier on the hot days,” Golsh said. “You start running around and temporarily forget about how hot it is.”
Lina Kamani, a cook at the pizza shop, said the heat actually doesn’t bother her.
“I need to help the people because I know it’s hot and they don’t want to cook in their house,” Kamani said.
Fortunately for the workers, Golsh said they “can always cheat and take a break in the cooler.” And in the winter, the best place to warm up is their kitchen, so there’s a cycle to it, he said.
“We get even in January when everyone on that side of the counter is cold, and we’re warm and toasty, so it goes both ways,” Golsh said.