From groupie to Gorat’s: The Omaha waitress reflects on her place in rock n’ roll history


“First of all, Nikki Sixx is a public figure,” Kucirek said in response. “Secondly, it’s my story about my life, and it just happened to be there. Thirdly, it’s not like he wrote ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ sitting in church on a Sunday morning .

Kucirek’s book has achieved local and national fame in Omahans. While working at Gorat, she sold a copy of her book to Warren Buffett’s security guard. The following week, Buffett came to Gorat for lunch three days in a row, each time asking for the waitress who hung out with rockstars. Now Kucirek is Buffett’s waitress whenever he dines at Gorat, serving Bill Gates, Alexander Payne and Giorgio Armani for the past decade.

“She takes care of the others, she gives them what they need, she checks that everything is ok with the food,” said Lisa Caveye, hostess of Gorat and employee of the steakhouse for 58 years. “Her t’s are crossed out, her i’s are dotted when she’s serving customers, that’s Mr. Buffett included.”

Kucirek’s love for live music has not died since his return to Omaha. She still sees her old favorite bands when they go on tour. She added Post Malone and Machine Gun Kelly to her list of new artists she’s having fun with. For Kucirek, rising prices for tickets and meet-and-greet passes are hurting the relationship between artists and fans.

“It became smoke and mirrors,” Kucirek said. “I would prefer it to be more rock n’ roll than something that is the same thing every night, the same words, the same set, the same movements, the same looks. You know when it’s all repetition.

This summer, Kucirek went to a Mötley Crüe concert in Kansas City. Drummer Tommy Lee took the stage and asked the women in the crowd to lift their shirts, which was then broadcast on Jumbotron Stadium.

The woman once known as Rockin’ Rita doesn’t find it cute anymore.

“It’s so weird how double standards are. It really ruined the gig for me,” she said. that the… women in the audience, they’re all drunk and banged up, degrading themselves by showing you their (boobs) and being put on the Jumbotron for everyone to see.

“Listen…who am I to speak now, you know, for all that I’ve done,” she said. “But come on, man! It’s another era. »

On nights when there is no concert, you can find Kucirek whirling in Gorat’s. She half walks, half runs around the dining room, placing drinks on one table and steaks on the next. She teases line cooks and drags a cardboard cutout of Warren Buffett for out-of-town guests. A table has her talking about a recent concert, and Kucirek pulls out a copy of his book—the book appeared as if out of nowhere—for a new group of readers to gawk at.

Rita has dreams beyond the steakhouse.

She would like to have a film or television series adapted from her book. And she would love to attend more shows like her very first – Aerosmith in 1979 – and feel what she felt then.

“It’s adrenaline, because when you’re in front of a concert, they take you into their world,” Kucirek said. “I just absorbed all of this, so it’s…entering another realm of consciousness.”

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