Hospitality industry tries to counter labor shortage

SHORT SUPPLY: As the busy summer season arrives, many restaurants are having trouble filling open positions. At Costantino’s Venda Bar & Ristorante in Providence, it was difficult this spring to find two cooks despite having the resources to actively look for candidates. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Michael Costantino struggled to fill two full-time cook positions in May for his restaurant Costantino’s Venda Bar & Ristorante on Providence’s Federal Hill. He says both positions paid well and offered benefits, but he was still having a tough time finding the right people for the job. “It’s definitely been a challenge,” said Costantino, Venda’s

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