Help Wanted, Boston Restaurants Struggle To Find Workers

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Coronavirus pandemic has not been easy on the restaurant industry, with many restaurants struggling to stay open and some closing their doors for good.

And now, there's a new issue, as restaurants start to increase their capacity limits many say they can't find workers.

John Picarello is co-owner of Modern Pastry in the North End, and he has a help wanted sign in the window.

"We're short staffed, I'm short on counter help, bakers and everything. Right now, no one is looking for a job," said Picarello.

A lot of the restaurants on Hanover Street also have help wanted signs up too. Picarello said in the span of a little more than a year, his shop has gone from the brink of disaster because of the pandemic to now, having to turn work away.

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"I'm in the same position as all the other places around here, everybody has help wanted signs up," said Picarello.

He added by this point Modern Pastry usually has all its staff positions filled for the summertime season. Picarello is struggling to even find kitchen help, which he said has never been an issue.

He has even turned away wedding cake orders because he doesn't have enough decorators.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) Reports:

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