Kalamazoo restaurant closes due to staff shortage


You’ve heard of the government-induced staff shortage affecting cities and states across the country. This has now affected a restaurant and bar in Kalamazoo. MLive is report that the Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo is closing for the time being due to a staff shortage issue.

Most employers and business groups in Michigan and across the country have told their state legislatures, governors, federal government and Biden that the extra $ 300 a week they pay unemployed people are hurting their lives. companies.

The Tap House wrote the following on their Facebook account Last week:

“Hello everyone! Central City Tap House will” take a break “from the hustle and bustle of our industry until we can find a sufficiently comprehensive list in our kitchen to reopen to our customers. We appreciate the continued support throughout. of the aftermath of the pandemic… If you – or someone you know – are looking for a job in the hospitality industry – especially in the downtown kitchen of Tap House, please go to… ”

The Tap House is part of the Millennium Restaurant Group. An operational partner, Shelly Pastor said:

“We have every intention of reopening… It’s just a matter of finding enough qualified team members and having the opportunity to train them appropriately.”

Fortunately, their current employees will not be harmed and will have the option of being employed by other Millennium restaurants in the area.

Shelly Pastor added:

“The decision was not made following a loss… We could have managed a little longer, but at what cost? Certainly not by providing the service we wanted to provide. We were just trying to be smart in our decision making and try to be conservative without giving up, pivot and adapt… We have never experienced anything like this in all our years of working, but we we are not alone. That is true. The stakes are real. They are not made up.

According to the article, “the starting salary for kitchen staff is now $ 14 an hour and those with higher skills are hired at a higher salary.”

The problem is, with the additional $ 300 in federal unemployment benefits per week, a person can earn $ 662 per week by staying home. This equates to $ 16.55 an hour on which they did not have to pay federal taxes or wages in the past. If this were to continue it could increase the hourly rate to over $ 19 an hour or more for sleeping and when they wake up do whatever you want to do that day.

There has to be an incentive to get people back to work, paying them to stay home in some cases is of no use to them or to our economy.

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