We weren't going for a michelin star, for sure. It was a fun time for all though, the owner was a drunk and had a reasonably good business idea (make steakhouse bar and grill for white people in a place where there was no steakhouse bar and grill) but was terrible at maintaining his business. He sat in his office and drank a 12 pack of Buds from the bar everyday and probably never got anything done, and he hired a GM lady who was also an alcoholic and drank for free on the job, and so whoever had to clean out their office usually came back with 24 to 48 beer bottles every day or two. It was comical almost.
So basically, it was just a bunch of high school kids left to run the entire place, and it was at that point that I actually gained a little faith in the human race - like I said, the food was crap, the place was crap, but we were all friends from school and we were left to make the place run, and we did. Nobody put shit in the food, spoiled food got thrown out, servers or people left to make occasional stuff like salads or appetizers with their hands would voluntarily put on some plastic gloves, plates went out serviceable looking. We ate a lot of food that we should have probably charged, but given the circumstances, what we were doing back there wasn't anything. We did a good job. (for the 3 months I worked there)
A couple years later the guy went out of business because he'd given his brother in law charge of a second restaurant. His wife divorced him because he was at work drinking all day and never went home, and his brother ended up running off with some money I guess, breaking him. Pretty quick and sad demise for that guy.
I'd imagine it's probably the same in most restaurants, because all of it seemed to be natural extensions of average people. There's some comedy movie from a few years back that covers life in a family restaurant, but I can't remember what it was called.