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Letting Restaurant Romances Blossom; Restaurant Business Online - February 1, 2018

Letting Restaurant Romances Blossom; Restaurant Business Online, February 1, 2018 – with commentary by Denise Kay, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Consultant / Shareholder, Denver, CO

“In a reminiscence for The New York Times, restaurateur Keith McNally noted how the ground rules for romance have changed in the business since he opened his first restaurant in 1980.

'Seeing as I met my two wives in restaurants (not simultaneously), I often wonder if I’d met them in today’s climate, would I have been forced to steer clear of them?' the proprietor of Balthazar, Pastis and Minetta Tavern wrote in an op-ed piece. The hint of an on-the-job relationship is a no-no today, he lamented—'as an owner, I’m legally bound to pour cold water on the idea the day someone new is hired.'

He’s not alone in thinking the best way to manage staff romances is to forbid them. But the realities of the business have convinced some restaurant operators that it’s foolish to just say no to Cupid.”

To read the entire article, which includes EPS consultant Denise Kay’s perspective on the issue, click here.