By Thomas Gase
Since the start of the pandemic, there’s been a missing ingredient at your local restaurant.
According to Mare Island Brewing Company’s founder Kent Fortner, the decline in jobs — including ones for line cooks and prep cooks — is approximately 50 percent.
“The demand for employees in the restaurant business is there, but a lot of people have moved on for various reasons,” Fortner said. “I think in the end people were just too tired of waiting for restaurants to reopen, so they moved on,” Fortner said, adding that many people wanted to get into the restaurant business, but the problem was they had no experience.