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NYC addresses restaurant labor shortage & more

NEW YORK – This city’s nearly 25,000 restaurants, like many elsewhere across the Northeast, are facing shortages of skilled labor. The city’s Dept. of Small Business Services began addressing this and other issues this Fall with a partnership between the city and around 50 influential members of the restaurant industry, including chefs David Chang of the Momofuku empire and Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy and Master Sommelier Sabato Sagaria, now chief restaurant officer of the Union Square Hospitality Group, which was recently forced to relocate its flagship, Union Square Cafe, due to a steep rent hike. In support of restaurants, the department plans Stage NYC, a culinary internship program for young adults funded entirely by the city. With council members’ help, executive director Michel Mroue, a veteran of hotel F&B operations, hopes to have this running by March 2017. For details check out www. nyc.gov/sbs

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