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Lex: too many restaurants, "a bloodbath", staff shortage

by Joel F » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:59 am

this is an interesting read

How do Lexington restaurants describe business these days? ‘Carnage’

http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article183854406.html
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Re: Lex: too many restaurants, "a bloodbath", staff shortage

by RonnieD » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:31 pm

Feels all too familiar. Labor is the big issue. I offer full and part time positions with highly competitive wages all time and just sit back listening to the crickets chirp. I don't know where all the line cooks are, but they certainly aren't scanning the Help Wanted ads.
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Re: Lex: too many restaurants, "a bloodbath", staff shortage

by James Natsis » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:52 pm

Many new restaurants have very few distinguishing factors. They tend to have a good, but predictable, beer and spirits offering, chicken wings, salads, a soup or two, some type of sandwiches and pasta entrees, etc. Somehow, by offering "cute" names and adding "artisan" or "fresh made" is gonna really entice customers.
Well, try adding more Ethiopian, French bistrot, Malaysian, German, West African, Greek, Nepalese, and other such cuisines instead of more pizza, chicken wings, BBQ, and burgers.
Sometimes less is better-just do it darn well and consistantly.
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