‘We’re trying our best’: Restaurants and hotels ask for patience as they struggle to find new hires

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Bars, restaurants, and hotels across the Lowcountry are struggling to find new employees at the worst possible time. As tourism heats up at a rapid pace; they need more hands on deck.

Hotel Bennett in downtown Charleston held a hiring event on Thursday where they offered $500 sign-on bonus is for every new employee. 

Marty Wall, general manager of the hotel, says the tactic worked nicely in their favor.

“10-12 people today. Anything from room attendants, housekeepers, housemen, bartenders, couple management positions, so we feel like it was a big success quite frankly,” says Wall.


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7 Best DC Bagels (That You Won’t Find at a Bagel Shop)

A veggie bagel sandwich at Mercy Me with jalapeno-cilantro cream cheese, crunchy cabbage, and pickled carrots. Photograph courtesy of Mercy Me

It’s hard to beat a great bagel shop—so yes, cue the weekend morning lines at Call Your Mother, Bullfrog, and beyond (this New Yorker cartoon really sums it up). But there’s a hack: bagel specialists aren’t your only option. And those shops, we’ll argue, don’t always make the best bagels. We’ve found delicious, sometimes superior versions at bakeries and restaurants around DC—no line standing required (at least most of the time).

Wood-fired bagels at Big Bear Cafe. Photograph
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Where To Find The Best Taiyaki And Bungeo-ppang In LA: LAist

Taiyaki. (Kelly Visel/Unsplash)

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Maybe you’ve noticed an adorable, fish-shaped pastry popping up on Insta feeds everywhere. Us too. We’re big fans of taiyaki. In Japanese, that means “cooked sea bream.” This snack, however, has no fish in it. It’s a soft, fluffy waffle shaped like a fish and it can be served solo or stuffed with fillings like red bean paste, Nutella or soft-serve ice cream.

A taiyaki filled
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Where to find pizza and pie deals at Arizona restaurants

It’s not irrational to find pizza pies for $3.14 this Sunday.

March 14 is Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The trillion-digit ratio is rounded to 3.14.

Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day and noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking died on the made-up holiday in 2018.

But you don’t have to be a math scholar to be acutely aware that Pi Day equals deals on circular food, including pies and pastries. Last year’s food holiday was slightly curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic,

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A Good Cake Is Hard to Find: R.I.P., Sweet Corner Bakeshop

Sweet Corner Bakeshop had a storefront located on Hudson Street. The Bakeshop has since closed but its desserts have left a lasting impression. (Staff Illustration by Debbie Alalade)

As a wise tweet once said, “Once you realize that you don’t need a special occasion to buy a cake, the second part of your life begins.” 

When I was younger, my parents found endless excuses to bring home a chocolate layer cake from Gregg’s — a humble Rhode Island chain so renowned for its desserts, even former President Barack Obama paid a visit while in office. If you don’t trust Obama’s

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