Staffing crisis could see dining treasure close doors
A STAFFING crisis could mean one of the Coast's most treasured historical landmarks and popular dining spots, Daisy's Place, closes for good.
Owner Sue Joseph, who ploughed $1.5 million into the Steve Irwin Way venue three years ago when she revamped what was formerly the Rustic Cabin, announced on Facebook she would have to close the doors on Sunday.
Four waitstaff have given their notice all at once, each for different reasons.
Even though the Facebook post received 165 shares and more than 230 likes, Mrs Joseph has found it impossible to replace them.
"We had some interviews the other night," Mrs Joseph said.
"We had 32 booked in, and we had six turn up. One of the people who turned up for an interview was a lovely boy. He was going places.
"We gave him a trial on the weekend and told him it went well. Then he said to us, 'I hate hospitality.'
"You know, when I was young, my parents didn't pay my way.
"I had to pay board and get a job. But now they sit at home, everything is for free and they save up their bits and pieces to go away overseas.
"Plus I think uni students only want to work a certain amount of hours, otherwise it affects the government subsidy they get.
"I've said, 'Why don't you not worry about getting the government handout and actually work for it if the hours are there?' But that's not how they do it.
"We have certain visas which tell people they have to work on farms if they want the second visa. It would be nice if the government included hospitality.
"And people don't associate being a waitress with it being a career. It's one of those jobs which is a fill-in, which is really sad.
"In actual fact, to be of service to others is a great thing, but it's also very demanding."
Mrs Joseph needs four staff willing to work full-time in the restaurant, which is open Wednesday to Sunday. Her preference is for a solid team of full-time workers, with a handful of casuals who can "float" around the roster where needed.
"It's not just a restaurant, it's also a landmark. It was home to a woman who was a pioneer (Daisy Johnson)," she said.
Interested workers can call Daisy's Place on 5494 5192 and ask for Kerstin, "or turn up with a resume".