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BCS restaurant owners say hiring challenges remain, ask for patience while they increase staffing

Some restaurant owners say it is hard to compete with corporate incentives to get people to work for them.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 10:43 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Some Bryan and College Station restaurant owners say they are having a hard time hiring new employees now that business is picking up again.

Debbie Rodriguez owns Casa Rodriguez in Downtown Bryan. She says while they continue to look for people to hire, the ones who are working are constantly working long hours and double shifts.

“Kudos to my staff because they are still here. They are exhausted and they are giving their 100 until we get past this,” said Rodriguez.

Rolando Gonzalez, owner of Taco Bar in College Station, says he too is having trouble hiring people to help in the restaurant.

“You are getting applications in, but your are not getting people to come to the interviews, or they are coming to the interviews and don’t show up to the first day of work,” said Gonzalez.

Another problem Gonzalez has noticed is the challenge of competing against corporate companies offering jobs at higher wages with more incentives.

“As a small business, we just can’t compete with things that some corporate companies are offering potential employees right now,” said Gonzalez.

Both owners note that they typically use the summer to get ready for the fall. With Aggie football expected to be back at 100% capacity, Gonzalez says they know they are not ready yet and it is concerning.

“When you are short right now, it is hard to imagine if everything picks up, because it is going to come quick. And if you don’t have the full staff, you are going to start having a bad reputation or you are not going to do well with your customers,” said Gonzalez.

The latest unemployment rate for Brazos County is from April, and puts it at 4.5%, lower than when it was 5.1% in March.

In the meantime, as some restaurants and many other businesses try to get back to being fully staffed, both Gonzalez and Rodriguez are asking for some understanding.

“We would really appreciate just some patience and just understanding,” said Gonzalez. “We want you here and we want to provide the best service possible.”

“When you do come in to a restaurant, or whether it is a retail business or so forth, just give us that opportunity until things get back to normal,” said Rodriguez.

Casa Rodriguez is hiring for all positions, including cooks, servers, bartenders and hosting. To apply, you can contact them here.

Taco Bar is looking for an assistant manager, servers and cooks. To contact the restaurant for employment opportunities you can call (979) 943-1111.

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