Foxon said the small independent 15th Avenue bar also couldn’t afford to offer higher wages to attract workers, but gave overtime to keep the doors open. He said four cooks took care of the grill from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and then until 2 a.m. on weekends.
âEveryone is overworked,â he said.
National chains like Panda Express make deals that local restaurants can’t. A draped sign outside the Longview location offers employment options up to $ 21 per hour.
A spokesperson said the national chain was offering 16 positions in Longview and higher wages in some markets to deal with a nationwide labor shortage. A Panda Express CEO can now report six figures per year, she said.
WOODLAND – People shop at a convenience store because it’s the only option nearby. Customers frequent the Woodland Corner Store by choice.
To encourage applicants, the representative said Panda Express has added additional employee benefits during the pandemic, as well as a free food voucher with every online application. Job seekers can apply on PandaCareers.com with the code WOKON21 to receive a free meal until the end of the year, she said.
Although Shamrock Bar and Grill needs more staff, Foxon said he was not interested when he saw a candidate with long spells of unemployment during the pandemic. He said he and his team had worked “harder in the past 18 months” than ever before. Why should someone else have an easier time?