SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – As the Bay Area keeps opening up and more people feel safe dining out, many restaurants face staff shortages.
With more bars opening again in San Francisco, now on the yellow row, many owners are forced to compete for staff.
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North Beach is usually full every weekend. We see a lot more people come out and eat again, probably because more people are being vaccinated, but as business picks up again the owners here say that many employees now have multiple roles in the restaurant.
“The weekends are definitely very good, very busy. People feel more comfortable when they are vaccinated, ”said Francesco Covucci.
Francesco Covucci owns the California Fish Market Restaurant in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
As he sees business pick up here and in his other three restaurants around town, the need for more staff is greater than ever.
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“Busboy is currently a floor manager. They know the waiter is a bartender, a food runner, and a cocktail runner, and that’s the biggest challenge right now, ”Covucci said.
According to Covucci, its workforce has declined by about 25% since the pandemic and will need up to 25 additional employees between its four restaurants.
Other restaurant owners like John Konstin Jr., who owns John’s Grill near Market and Ellis Streets, were also busy hiring staff.
“We called many people from our original team to ask if they would like to come back and fill the open position. We have found that many people have actually left San Francisco and many people are still hesitating as the coronavirus is still with us, ”said Konstin Jr.
However, Konstin Jr. says he’s been fortunate enough to bring back many of his longtime employees and prepare for expansion.
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“We’re tidying up our second and third floors and slowly trying to bring in larger groups,” said Konstin Jr.
With many other restaurants set to do the same thing expected for a full reopening of the state in the coming months, staff shortages will continue to cause some concern.
In addition to some of the hiring challenges, more bars are opening again in San Francisco this week due to the new yellow tier status. As you can imagine, the owners say it is getting more competitive to find and keep a shrinking pool of employees.