As the food service industry bounces back from COVID, its biggest challenge is finding and keeping workers.
Bloomberg reports that for every two job openings in the restaurant business, there’s only one unemployed person who can potentially fill the job. In December, job openings in the industry spiked to 1.7 million.
That reality hits home in St. Louis for restaurant owners like Tom Schmidt of Salt + Smoke. In a recent interview he describes his special sauce for finding and retaining workers in this competitive environment.
This video is part of a new series, Winning STL, in which Post-Dispatch publisher Ian Caso sits down with St. Louis business and civic leaders who, through their time, energy and resources, have bet big on our region.