Food Service Hiring Event Showcases Need for Restaurant Workers

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Economic experts say the restaurant industry was the hardest hit during COVID.

“They saw the largest decrease in employment in that industry sector and so they really had to work the hardest to bring people back and are still challenged,” says Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development Charles Wood.

But, the restaurant industry is bouncing back much faster than other industries.

“The biggest growth also came from that sector,” says Wood. “They’ve added more jobs back than anyone else because they cut more jobs than anyone else.”

With restaurants opening and – obviously – no remote options for servers and cooks, restaurant owners are having a hard time finding staff. A local entertainment plex is having two hiring events this week to recruit food service staff.

“The various positions we have will range from the back of the house – or the heart of the house as we call it – or the culinary and kitchen side, bay hosts, event ambassadors, people working at the front desk for our GS squad,” says Andrew O’Gara, TopGolf Manager of Sales and Community Engagement.

Chattanooga has made recent headlines with a record-breaking real estate boom that has not just left the restaurant industry looking for workers. says there are more than 21,000 job openings in the Scenic City in a wide array of industries.

“It’s folks who are looking for software developers or folks who are looking for truck drivers,” says Wood. “And the good new is that’s causing wages to go up.”

TopGolf will be hosting a hiring event Monday and Wednesday evening, 4 to 7 p.m.

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