Daytona Beach waiter celebrates 60 years at cafe

80-year-old hired April 1, 1954

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An 80-year-old man is being honored as the longest-serving employee at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Volusia Mall.

On Tuesday, Benjamin Johnson celebrated his 60th year as a server at the cafeteria in Daytona Beach. Some two dozen people attended a surprise party in his honor.

"Mr. Ben," as he's known by co-workers and longtime customers, says he's got no plans to retire, even after he turns 81 later this month. He currently works three days a week.

General manager David Mikulski told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that out-of-town visitors often stop by to ask when Mr. Ben is working so they can dine when he's on duty.

Johnson began as a full-time server at the old Morrison's Cafeteria on April 1, 1954. Piccadilly later bought the company.

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