A seafood restaurant in Alabama is closing down because it cannot find enough cooks
In April, hotel and restaurant workers quit at almost twice the national average.Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images
A seafood restaurant in Alabama is closing and its owner blames a shortage of cooks for the move.
Bayley's Seafood Restaurant had previously suspended its dinner service due to a labor shortage.
In April, the cancellation rate in hotels and restaurants was almost double the national average.
An Alabama seafood restaurant is closing, and its owner blames the decision on finding enough kitchen staff.
Bill Bayley, owner of Bayley's Seafood Restaurant in Theodore, just off Alabama's south coast, said in a Facebook post that starting Wednesday it "will be closing forever due to an inability to find the staff necessary to operate efficiently." of a restaurant is required".
"What we need is we need cooks," Bayley told AL.com. After the night-shift chef left the restaurant, it was forced to suspend dinner service and instead close at 4 p.m. on the five days a week it operates, the website reported.
The restaurant's day chef has now said he is looking to retire after nearly 30 years of work, Carol, the owner's wife, told AL.com.
The owners said they are accepting applications and may be able to reopen if they find suitable candidates.
"We have people who say, 'Hey, we know someone who's in culinary school,'" Carol Bayley said. "Well, unfortunately we're a mom and pop restaurant. You basically have to grill, cook on the stove, roast and grill who can group cards."
Though restaurants, cafes and bars now employ more than 1 million more workers than they did a year ago, owners have to juggle high staff turnover, which is a headache as the busy summer season begins.
Workers in the US have quit their jobs in record numbers in search of higher wages, better benefits and hours, and a better work-life balance.
In April, 740,000 workers in the lodging and hospitality industry quit, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- a 5.6% churn rate. While this is the industry's lowest churn rate in more than a year, it's still the highest of any sector and nearly double the national average.
Understaffed restaurants have been forced to change operations, with some cutting hours, closing dining rooms or reducing menu options because they can't find enough workers.
As demand for staff drives up wages in the industry -- the hourly wage for non-supervisory positions is now $17.73, up from $15.86 a year ago -- some restaurants have increased their prices.
Two-thirds of the 5,300 small business owners surveyed by Alignable in May and June said they don't think they'll be able to hire enough people to meet their needs this summer, and 4% said they expect to to have to reduce their business hours .
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