Bars and restaurants in Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhoods are making a collective effort to overcome an industry-wide barrier: hiring workers.
Nearly 30 establishments will participate in the Greater East Side Restaurant and Bar Career Fair, which will take place this weekend at the Casablanca Restaurant on Brady Street.
The event is hosted by the Brady Street, East Side and Downer Avenue Business Improvement Districts to help operators grow stronger as business returns to pre-pandemic levels.
“We’re excited to see people start dating again, but these business owners are struggling to find staff to meet operational demands,” said executive directors Rachel Taylor (Brady Street BID) and Liz Brodek (East Side and Downer Ave BIDs). in a press release. “Our job is to help our stakeholders, and it seemed like a natural response to their needs. The consolidation of BIDs makes this a stronger and more robust effort that we hope will benefit our businesses. “
Participating establishments, which span the gamut from The Diplomat on Brady Street to McDonald’s on North Avenue, are looking to fill both part-time and full-time seasonal positions, including line cooks, waiters and managers. Applications will be available on site. Find a complete list of participating companies here.
“We participate in the job fair because we try to be really flexible and creative in our application process and want to make it as quick and easy as possible for qualified candidates,” said Marla Poytinger, co-owner of Bars and Recreation, Inc., the operator of AX MKE, NorthSouth Club, Splash Studio and Nine Below.
Previously, she said, the company’s application process could take up to three weeks, but with Milwaukee‘s restrictions on the capacity and size of the gathering. ready to rise on June 1st, hurry up.
Bars & Recreation is looking to hire five to ten “frontline workers” for its downtown activity bars. This is in addition to three new hires at the company’s career fair last weekend.
“All three of these people were willing and ready to work, so the career fair allowed us to speed up our process and fit them into our training protocol in just a few days,” Poytinger said.
Bars & Recreation offers competitive salaries as well as medical, dental and visual benefits for qualified employees.
The East Side Career Fair is just one of the ongoing recruiting efforts.
The Bartolotta Travel Forum recently announced three career fairs, May 22, May 26, and June 15, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee Historic Third Quarter. The group is recruiting from its reopened establishments, Ristorante Bartolotta, Lake Park Bistro, M. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse in Brookfield and Mequon, Bacchus, Harbor House, Joey Gerard’s – a Bartolotta Supper Club, and Bartolotta dining establishments, as well than Bartolotta’s on Kohl’s corporate campus in Menomonee Falls. Vacancies range from cooks to maintenance workers, requiring beginner to seasoned experience.
Bartolotta’s upcoming career fairs follow two recruiting events held in April, as well as the company’s welcome hiring campaign, which resulted in the addition of 60 new and former members of the team, according to Paul Bartolotta, co-founder, owner and chef.
“We are really lucky to hire after such a difficult year, and our goal is to be fully staffed in each of our open restaurants and to hire employees who are a perfect fit for Bartolotta restaurants,” he said. declared. “Ultimately, we are looking for team members who have what we call a ‘heart of hospitality’ who are dedicated to excellence as we are and who have a genuine passion for caring for our customers. . “
The company laid off the majority of its 950 employees at the start of the pandemic and, since last July, has been working to rehire former employees and recruit new talent as its restaurants reopen one by one.
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers, Delaware North food and beverage concession operator hosted a recruiting event for vacancies at American Family Field and the restaurant to be named later.