Shane Smyth on How Immigrants Saved Restaurants
This week on JobMakers, Host Denzil Mohammed talks with Shane Smyth, owner of Hugh O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Malden, and co-owner of five more restaurants in Newton and Boston, one of which he launched during the pandemic. Shane shares why he views immigrant workers as the backbone of the restaurant industry (immigrants account for over 40 percent of our agricultural workforce and one-fifth of our food prep and serving workforce), and the tremendous skills and drive they bring. Shane offers strategies for restaurants to survive crises, something that cannot happen without immigrants, as you’ll find out in this week’s JobMakers.
Shane Smyth is owner of Hugh O’Neill’s pub in Malden, Massachusetts, as well as other restaurants in the Greater Boston area including Buttonwood, Sycamore and Little Big Diner.
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