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Restaurant riot bonuses amid labor shortage but not cutting workers

The restaurant industry is starved for workers — and some operators are desperate to reel in potential rentals.

Tampa, Fla. McDonald’s manager James Meadcraft recently plans to pay $ 50 per job interview at a signature outside his location, which sits with a busy schedule.

“I tried to make a little splash,” Medovich said of the sign, which indicated that the interviews would be held on Mondays through Fridays at 2 p.m.

But the entrepreneur convenor removed the sign after only two weeks as it failed to woo a single candidate. “Nobody responded,” Meadovich told The Post. “Nobody tried to scam us.”

Experts say this is a sign of how difficult it can be for restaurants – from fast-food joints to five-star venees run by celebrity chefs – to ramp up employees as the economy returns from its epidemic Tries to bounce. As The Post has previously reported, low-paid workers are in short supply because generous government benefits stand to pay some people as much as they were doing a full-time job.

“The industry is very desperate,” said John Gordon of the Pacific Management Consulting Group. “Cash bonuses are not the norm in the restaurant industry.”

Full-service eateries and bars such as Galey and Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern in St. Petersburg, Fla., Have arranged to hand over a $ 200 check for all new work by 25 March. New employees also stand to make the “90-day performance review a potential increase” snag, Boland said of the perks advertised in a local trade publication.

So far, however, the proposal has failed to woo any prospects, Boland told The Post. “It’s been a month and no one has responded to the ad,” he said.

Even celebrity restaurants such as Stephen Starr, which operates eateries around the country including Budakan, Pastis and Morimoto, have signed bonuses of $ 300 to some of its restaurants.

Starr has not returned a request for comment on whether the bonus is working, but Jimmy Haber, owner of the clavicle chophouse operator BLT Restaurant, says the job market is so bad that he doesn’t know if he will even roll out. New bonus scheme should be disturbed by doing.

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Restaurateur Stephen Starr is using the signing of bonuses to woo workers.
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Heber, whose company runs BLT Steak and BLT Prime restaurants in the Big Apple, Miami and other locations around the world, “strongly considered a sign-on bonus” to help with job shortages, he told The Post Told. The plan would be to pay bonuses ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000 depending on the situation between 30 and 90 days after the rent.

“But we cannot find any suitable candidate to offer the bonus,” Haber complained.

Of course, unsuccessful efforts are unlikely to keep others from trying their luck as the industry scrambles to meet fuel demand by the ever-increasing vaccination effort and government incentive checks.

Another McDonald’s franchise, which asked not to be identified, said it recently began offering $ 200 for a new hire that stays with the company for 90 days.

“Too many operators” are offering signatures bonuses of $ 100, he said, adding that it’s too early to tell if a payment plan will help entice workers.

“Our staffing levels haven’t really changed from a few months ago, but demand (from customers) has increased dramatically,” the operator said. “Stimulus + tax refund + increased demand + expanded unemployment has given the food industry and boost all at once.”