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A week after leaving Sens, GM Saeed Amini has already found a new gig at Palo Alto's Pampas, a new Brazilian steakhouse due to open in a few months, but the real news might be Pampas' extreme friendliness toward its employees: "In addition to paying for employees to take English as a second language to help them ascend Pampas' career ladder, the restaurant will fund classes that let employees improve their art, such as a pastry-making class for a sous-chef ... 'That's huge,' said executive chef John Karbowski. 'It enables people to stick around - you can train them.' General manager Saeed Amini, who formerly worked at Kokkari in San Francisco and Evvia in Palo Alto, said the philosophy is groundbreaking in the restaurant industry." [Palo Alto Daily News]

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