Fish City Grill featured in the Dallas Morning News

Corey Ahrens, 37, serves lunch to Regina Coter (left) and LaShamda Cole at Fish City Grill in Richardson on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (David Woo/Staff Photographer)

Fish City Grill and our CityLine location were proud to be featured in a recent piece by the Dallas Morning News and the Guardian, regarding the labor shortage in the hospitality industry.

“In the roughly two decades since Bill Bayne and a partner opened Half Shells — the seed of what would become a chain of 20 restaurants in Texas, Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma — Bayne said that he and his wife, who now own the Fish City company, have made a point to remember the names of workers at every level.

He takes pride in his ability to retain workers in an industry that sees high turnover.

Still, as he prepared to open the chain’s outpost at CityLine, a $1.5 billion project anchored by an almost 10,000-worker State Farm campus, he encountered an unanticipated hurdle.

He couldn’t find workers.

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