When the economy took a turn for the worse, the restaurant business and employment positions
within it did, too.
But in the first five months of the year job placement increased, offering up new opportunities
for job seekers.
Jarrod Clabaugh of the Ohio Restaurant Association said restaurant owners are optimistic, and
hiring trends reflect that. This summer, Ohio's restaurant industry added 20,000 jobs, 10TV News
"We're looking at growth within the industry and not just related to summer job placement,"
Clabaugh said. "There's also placement for servers, waitresses, chefs."
Companies like Bob Evans are excited about being able to offer new corporate and restaurant
"We have a myriad of positions open in the corporate office, over 20 positions ranging from
entry level-clerks, administration staff to vice president and directors," said Bob Evans' Clint
For some establishments, the industry turn does not just mean they can resume hiring. For
some, like Jeni's Ice Cream in the Short North, the positive outlook means expansion.
The company plans to open locations in Clintonville and Powell in the coming months.
"We finally decided to make the leap," said co-founder Jeni Britton Bauer.
"We're in a place in our company (where) we have a partnership with a local dairy Snowville.
Their production is up which means we get more ice cream. We're at a great place to do two new
The growth trend is one that the Ohio Restaurant Association expects to continue. It says
now is a great time to look for jobs, or consider a new career path in the restaurant industry.
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