Restaurants are feeling a labor crunch. Teens are an unlikely solution


The restaurant industry is poised for a roaring comeback this summer, but understaffed eateries could dampen growth.

One potential solution for business owners: Hire more teenagers. That’s easier said than done.

Andy Diamond, the president of the 12-location seafood chain Angry Crab Shack, said that he’s willing to hire teenagers. He just doesn’t think teens want the jobs he desperately needs to fill.

The restaurant chain is facing a shortfall of workers for back-of-house positions such as dishwasher and cook, according to Diamond. It’s raised its hourly wage and is offering referral bonuses in the hopes of attracting serious applicants.

“Most teenagers, if they’re applying, I don’t think…


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