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Millar's Restaurant in Belfast’s Finaghy is raising the game 

Joris Minne

Millar's Restaurant, 135 Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 960 01545


Haddock with saute potatoes and cockle Thai red curry

Haddock with saute potatoes and cockle Thai red curry


Restaurateurs face a new post-lockdown challenge: getting people to work for them. While many restaurant workers were furloughed or protected under the job retention schemes others were dumped at the first sign of lockdown in March 2020 and understandably have had a bellyful of the hospitality sector. Is it any wonder that they are not rushing back?

Cork business leader Pat Phelan tweeted last weekend that he “was sick to his back teeth of hearing it’s hard to get staff”. “It’s absolutely not,” he says. “It’s hard to get cheap staff. Pay your team.”

A few months ago I was asked to do an interview along with a local restaurateur about the restaurant economy. He said restaurants were under intense financial pressure and on top of this they had to pay staff a minimum wage. I said nobody should be in business if they can’t pay staff a living wage. It sounds more like exploitation when employers can get away with business models which rely on poorly paying their staff. But for as many unscrupulous restaurateurs are out there, you can rely on a greater number doing the right thing.

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