The Italian Place keeps on keeping on, despite challenges

By Chris Hansen
Updated June 10 2024 - 2:12pm, first published May 28 2024 - 5:30am

It's tough out there. Despite the incredible quality of the restaurants we currently have in this town, hospitality is a bit broken. Restaurants are not the passion projects many people believe them to be. Sure, you need passion to make a successful restaurant, but you also need to be an accountant, an HR manager, a psychologist, a lawyer and a marketing expert just to make a living. Throw in staff shortages, remembering that a large number of people have left the industry and nobody has commenced a chef's apprenticeship for a few years. And then of course, there is the high cost of living, which is a minor problem when compared to the cost of high living, which is what we do when we visit a restaurant.

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