Local restaurants face staff shortages after increasing capacity to 100% – Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (KLAS) – After overcoming closings and restrictions, the restaurant is tackling another issue. There is a shortage of staff.

8 News Now went to Lotus of Siam which had to close its Sahara base due to an ongoing problem. According to management, we want to fill almost every position.

“That was the toughest decision we had to make,” said Courtney Barnett.

She helps manage the Lotus of Siam and its small staff.

“It was manageable at 25% but manageable at 50,” said Barnett. “That made it difficult to keep things going.”

She explains that the labor shortage is not due to a lack of commitment. Public interviews are held three days a week and job vacancies are posted online.

“People showed interest, but no one showed up,” Burnett said.

She says a local restaurant is in a wage war with the Las Vegas Strip.

“It’s hard to compete with strip prices so we all try to bend over and do as much work as possible,” said Burnett. “But it’s really hard to find someone to help. is. “

It’s not just the lotus of Siam.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Mark Steele, owner of the Restaurant Hospitality Institute (RHI), told 8 News Now.

He is currently working with nonprofits like Chosen for Success to accelerate his education. The traditional 4 week course was shortened to 1 week to fill the position. Participants will receive a Food Handling Card for the South Nevada Health District and an alcohol awareness card from RHI.

“People looking for qualified candidates keep the phone ringing like crazy,” said Steele.

He hosts job fairs that link trainees to restaurants, and some start that day. This won’t go away overnight, according to Steele, but it will help ease the pressure on local businesses.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll see the end,” he complained. “But we want to close the gap with these non-profit organizations and those who want to work.”

The Hospitality Institute restaurant is holding a job fair this Friday. From now on I want to keep it every two weeks.

E-mail to register for the job fair [email protected] ..

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