North Texas restaurants struggle to recruit staff – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth


NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Staff shortages in North Texas are impacting hundreds of restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

With the state’s demand to end pandemic unemployment, people are looking for work – some restaurants are ready to raise wages.

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“We’ve had a bit of a hard time being able to staff the level we need with the pandemic going by the wayside and the resumption of business,” said AJ Tyree, director of City Works.

City Works is one of the many places that have inspired waiters and cooks to seek and stay jobs.

“For our Fort Worth location, we are offering a $ 250 sign up bonus. It’s also like a recruiting bonus, which allows our internal staff to receive $ 200 after 30 days of successful employment, ”explained Tyree. “And then for our sister station in Frisco, we’re actually offering the same bonus but $ 500.”

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While many places are trying to get ahead of the staffing crisis, some may not have acted fast enough.

According to their Facebook page, the Waxahachie catfish plantation had to close this Friday and Saturday due to understaffing.

The owner of Ellen’s in Dallas overhauled the salary structure, raising the minimum wage for employees.

“We guarantee our servers up to $ 20 an hour if they don’t earn $ 20 an hour, including their tips, we’ll make up the difference,” said Joe Groves, co-owner of Ellen’s. “We are also working on a fairer pay in the kitchen, because they don’t participate in tips and this is one of the most underpaid parts of the restaurant.”

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