GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The wedding season is just around the corner and many brides-to-be will greet some meaning or normal as their big day approaches.
However, some venues and providers are still looking for help.

As Larkin prepares for a weekend of weddings, it’s only been more than a year since events screeching to a halt.

“We laid off 330 people, 8 of whom were left,” said Kristina Murphy, executive vice president of Larkin’s Restaurants. “We used to have 10 or 12 over the weekend, now maybe we’ll do one or two.”

Since then, they have been still working on reaching the full staff.

“I can come from the Grill Marks people or Limoncello or the river or the shop assistants and help and manage, or I’m in the kitchen today because we’re there for a minute,” Murphy said.

And they’re not the only ones.

“We have hired some part-time workers lately, some bartenders, etc. to try and meet the event needs we have,” said Ashlea Dendy of the Old Cigar Warehouse.

They also have open positions.

“Definitely last minute events to watch out for, we will be able to occupy this,” said Dendy.

She is looking for employees for weddings, but also for other events, including the Liquid Catering business.

“People who have bartending experience and are open-minded love the fast-paced world of events,” said Dendy.

And while the cast is tough right now, Dendy and Murphy say they do.

“We made these last minute changes, but I promise we’ll walk you through them,” said Dendy.

“2018 was our banner year since I was here for 14 years, and we want to go back there. And we’ll be going back there, ”Murphy said.

Venues and caterers hire everything from bartenders to sales reps to seasoned chefs.


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