Jacqueline Silano knows how hard it is to find restaurant help, about as well as anyone in Bridgeport in the summer of 2021. On the odd day here or there when staff is stretched particularly thin at her family’s Ralph ‘N’ Rich’s Restaurant on Main Street, her 90-year-old grandmother has punched the clock to help out as needed.
“We’re definitely looking to fill a bunch of positions,” Silano said. “It’s been so hard even to get applicants — if we had a pool of people to choose from that would be great, but whatever applicants we do get, most of them don’t even show up for the interview. ... It’s really just slim pickings.”