Mother’s Day weekend hits small-staffed restaurants – CBS Los Angeles
COSTA MESA (CBSLA) – Mother’s Day reservations are quickly booked at Southern California restaurants as families prepare to celebrate.
The holidays are a well-deserved day off for many tired moms preparing for a storm, making it easier to learn online and work from home since the start of the pandemic.
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But the question remains: are companies ready for the rush?
At Newport Rib Company in Costa Mesa, co-owner John Ursini said the ramping up of staff to pre-pandemic levels was a universal problem.
“It allows everyone to work,” he said. “People want to get out and they finally feel the vaccines are working. They finally feel like it’s time to go, so now it’s just a matter of making sure we have enough staff to make sure everything is running.
The Quattro Cafe in South Coast Plaza is also in desperate need of help.
Before the pandemic, a list of restaurant jobs attracted dozens of applicants. Now chief executive Domenico Grillo has said it has become difficult to convince even a few people to apply.
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“People who are used to earning the minimum wage, [then] they make more money with unemployment, so they decide to stay at home, ”he said. “This is the main reason.”
“When you sit at home and earn $ 16 an hour on unemployment or can go to work for $ 14 an hour, I understand,” Ursini said.
Some restaurants have started offering new hire incentives, from signing bonuses to gift cards.
At Quattro, Grillo said employees are doing more than ever before.
“I have a person who bakes, breads, breadsticks, and then when they finish they go to salads, make salads, sometimes go to pizza,” he says.
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