The Bottom-Line Reasons for Mixing the Young and Old at Work

Harlem’s Settepani has all the hallmarks of a hipster restaurant: a playwright on staff helped draft the menu, another worker staged an exhibit featuring his photography, and a musician waits tables between gigs. What’s unusual is how seasoned this eclectic crew looks. The resident “mixologist” was making cocktails before many of his customers were born, a 70-year-old porter only works during non-shipment hours because he can’t do heavy lifting&emdash:about half of Settepani’s 50 employees qualify for AARP membership.

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