Finding the right crew in competitive hiring market

Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise owner Bob Engel

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Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise owner Bob Engel at the new Garden City restaurant. (July 2, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

With unemployment on Long Island still over 6 percent, one might assume employers would have the luxury of picking and choosing the best of the best. Not necessarily. Bob Engel, owner of a Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise in Syosset, had such a hard time filling positions for a second restaurant in Garden City that he had to delay his planned mid-June opening. It wasn't difficult hiring management,...

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