Alabama seafood restaurant is closing because it can’t find enough chefs

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  • An Alabama seafood restaurant closes, with the owner blaming the move on a lack of cooks.

  • Bayley’s Seafood Restaurant had previously shut down dinner service due to a lack of manpower.

  • In April, the quit rate at hotels and restaurants was almost twice the national average.

An Alabama seafood restaurant is about to close, with the owner blaming the decision on a struggle to find 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 it would close for good as of Wednesday “due to the inability to get the staff needed to run a restaurant efficiently.”

“What we need is cooks,” Bayley said AL.com† After the restaurant’s night shift cook left, it was forced to shut down dinner service and instead close at 4 p.m. on the five days a week it worked, the website reported.

The restaurant’s day chef has now said he plans to retire after working there for nearly 30 years, the owner’s wife, Carol, told AL.com.

The owners said they were accepting applications and could potentially reopen if they found suitable candidates.

“We have people who say, ‘Hey, we know someone who is in culinary school,'” said Carol Bayley. “Well, unfortunately we’re a mom-and-pop restaurant. They basically need to grill, cook on the stove, bake and roast, be able to group the cards together.”

Although there are now more than 1 million more workers in restaurants, cafes and bars than a year ago, owners have to juggle high staff turnover, causing headaches as the busy summer season kicks off.

US workers have quit their jobs in record numbers seeking higher wages, better working conditions and hours, and a better work-life balance.

In April, 740,000 workers in the accommodation and hospitality sector left their jobs preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – a 5.6% quit rate. Although this is the industry lowest quit percentage in more than a year it is still the highest of all sectors and almost twice the national average.

Understaffed restaurants have been forced to change their operations, with some shorten their hours, close dining rooms or limiting menu options because they can’t find enough workers.

As the demand for staff drives up wages in the industry, hourly wages for non-executive positions are now $17.73up from $15.86 a year ago – some restaurants have increased their prices

Two-thirds of the 5,300 small business owners interrogated by Alignable in May and June said they don’t think they will be able to hire enough people to meet their needs this summer and 4% said they expected to shorten their opening hours.

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