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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Due to a lack of employees, restaurants must turn away customers

Due to staff shortages, restaurants are turning away customers

Key Takeaways:

  • Winnipeg’s restaurant owners struggle to compete with higher-paying jobs, and some say it’s hard to find experienced writers.
  • Steve Hrousalas, the owner of Rae and Jerry’s, is only employing one-third of his usual serving staff on Portage Avenue on the opposite side of the city.
  • There are positions throughout the hotel, so on Monday at 4 p.m., they will have their first-ever job fair, according to marketing director Maria Cefali.

Restaurant owners in Winnipeg have difficulty competing with higher-paying positions, and some claim it’s difficult to locate experienced servers.

After a challenging Saturday service, Promenade Café and Wine decided to permanently close its doors last month.

According to owner Shawn Brandson, it was “very, very abrupt.” We had a severe staffing shortage from the moment we launched, and the poor service made it unfair to our clients.

Before closing, he claims he attempted hiring seasoned servers from the north and even Toronto, but it didn’t work out. Brandson claimed that while he anticipated the epidemic would increase debt, operating without workers was impossible.

Also read: Hospital admissions and COVID-19 cases in Manitoba are increasing

We simply assumed that after the pandemic was over, everything else would fall into place. However, Brandson remarked, “We didn’t anticipate the staff shortage issue to remain there.”

Brandson transferred his Promenade personnel to Gibraltar Dining Corp., his other restaurant venture. He will have a very busy summer because they are hosting weddings and festivities postponed due to the pandemic.

“Understaffing Fort Gibraltar would have been unreasonable, especially considering everything going on during the pandemic.”

The proprietor of Rae and Jerry’s, Steve Hrousalas, is operating with only one-third of his typical serving staff on Portage Avenue on the other side of the city.

In this sector, people do travel around, according to Hrousalas. We may have to consider employing new hires, but maybe we can train them to meet our requirements.

Many people left the military for government work or more solid, better-paying positions in other sectors, according to Musette Fowke, vice chair of the Manitoba Restaurant and Food Service Association.

What’s occurring, according to Fowke, is that we’re all vying for the same bodies.

She claims that most business owners find it challenging to raise pay as food prices rise and consumers choose to save money at home.

Due to staff shortages, restaurants are turning away customers
Due to staff shortages, restaurants are turning away customers. Image from TIME

On the other hand, she added, “you want customers to come into your restaurant. I have to turn folks away since I don’t have enough workers on hand to provide acceptable service.

According to Brandson, seasoned workers tend to flock toward hotels and country clubs when the weather becomes warmer.

For many restaurants right now, it’s undoubtedly quite difficult, Brandson added.

However, the Fort Garry Hotel’s search for new employees has intensified as the summer has.

According to marketing director Maria Cefali, there are openings throughout the hotel, so on Monday at 4 p.m., they will have their first-ever job fair.

According to Cefali, “it was a response to a staff shortfall that we were facing in all departments. “We are aware that there is a tonne of talent out there. We are aware of those who are motivated to work.

She is hopeful that meeting managers at the expo will draw potential employees to the company.

Source: CTV News

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