January 24, 2006

SEND OUT FOR MEXICAN:

New Orleans Restaurants Starved for Help (MARY FOSTER, 1/24/06, Associated Press)

Ralph Brennan can get the oysters, crawfish and other seafood he needs for The Redfish Grill and his other French Quarter restaurants. What he can't find are enough busboys, waiters, dishwashers and other kitchen help.

Restaurateurs in this storm-battered city known the world over for its zesty food have raised wages, lined up trailers for workers, even put them up in their own homes.

Still, many restaurants have had to scale back for lack of workers. Some places are open for lunch and not dinner, or vice versa.

"We're paying more, we're offering great benefits, we're doing everything we can think of, but it's hard getting people to come back," Brennan said. "I think a lot of people just aren't interested in returning right now."


The returnees weren't much interested in jobs in antediluvian New Orleans were they? Time to import folks who appreciate jobs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2006 5:14 PM
Comments

They're all working construction jobs.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 24, 2006 7:08 PM

David, The Mexicans or the returnees:)


Seriously, shouldn't this tell Ralph Brennan, and everyone else in NOLA beseeching their former residents to come back, something?

Posted by: Brad S at January 24, 2006 8:23 PM

Both, actually.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 25, 2006 12:05 AM
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