Plano hosting job fair for restaurant workers

Plano Restaurants working to fill open jobs

Plano says it's surpassed San Francisco when it comes to restaurants per capita.

The city has more than 1600 food establishments and now, it's courting workers to help keep up with demand.

Jamee Jolly with the Plano Chamber of Commerce says she started noticing the need for food and service industry workers last year.

"I was hearing from restaurant owners that they were opening up and were struggling to get fully staffed," Jolly said.

Jolly says the goal is to reach out to workers in surrounding communities to keep up with Plano's growing restaurant scene.

In response to the need The Chamber of Commerce, Collin College and local restaurants teamed up and organized a job fair for October 17.

Jolly says challenges include getting word to workforces in surrounding communities as well as navigating transportation. Many commutes require toll roads, heavy traffic and trains aren't easily accessible for some.

"This is just one part of the a multifaceted solution," Jolly said.

The fair will be held at Collin College's Spring Creek Campus from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Organizers say over 20 restaurants and hotels will be in attendance looking to hire front and back of the house. You can also learn more at this link.

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