Maggio’s restaurant calls on Americans to return to work

By on October 15, 2021 0

Maggio’s, a family-run restaurant in Southampton, had a 22-page menu. Now it’s four. Blame the strange new normal we are living in.

“We just can’t get the supplies we need, so if we can’t put them on the menu we have to cut them down,” said Josh Schubert, who runs the place with his brother, Sam.

Even more so than during last year’s lockdown, it’s even harder for Maggio’s to get the ingredients it needs to deliver the house-style menu that has kept customers coming back for 45 years.

With a battle to find supplies every day, Josh took to Facebook for some fun, which went viral and received over 500 comments. He posted it under a headline: “PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT MESSAGE.”

“We hope every week we can find our products and we have been lucky so far. This, unfortunately, has come at a cost. It doesn’t matter if it’s vegetables, chicken, steak, or products like aluminum or paper, we are fighting.

“We are on the verge of having shortages on all products,” he continued. “We need people to get back to work. Everyone is recruiting. Everyone is back and there are no truck drivers to get produce, not enough help getting food out of the docks to be shipped, not enough help in restaurants, grocery stores, factories . We all used to work together and get the job done. Everyone wants what they want but doesn’t want to work to get it.

Then, a closing salute: “There is no more reason to perceive unemployment so where are you America? Please, we beg you to get back to work and get our country moving again. Family businesses are the backbone of our country. Stay local and support local!

The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Maggio struck a chord.

“It wasn’t just our customers, but other small businesses struggling like we are,” Josh said. “They were glad someone had finally said something.”

It’s always risky when a small business owner publicly voices an opinion on a hot topic. And one of the thorniest right now poses a powerful question: why do able-bodied people who can work choose to sit on the sidelines, while parent and pop companies – thriving economic communities – struggle, suffer and sometimes shut down. , taking jobs with them.

Josh put it succinctly, “I don’t know.”

He and I and his brother, Sam, and their mother, Gina, were sitting in the dining room of the restaurant on Wednesday morning, kicking. Why? Everyone agrees that it is confusing. Never seen anything like it. Doesn’t work confer dignity, a sense of purpose and self-esteem? A job is more than a salary. Biden said that.

Josh asked a practical question: “People still have bills to pay, don’t they? And if they have bills to pay, those bills are probably higher now than they were before (COVID). So it is very difficult to understand how people are doing.

– I don’t know, I say. “Maybe their girlfriends are supporting them.”

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Everything is in the news this week. As “Help Wanted” signs abound, a record 4.3 million Americans quit work in August in what is known as “The Great Resignation.” The reasons for dropping out of the labor market vary, according to reports. Some people are still afraid of the virus. Some people want better pay or more interesting work. Some want an employer who offers “empathy” as well as a paycheck.

Ironically, labor has not been an issue for Maggio’s, as it has been for other restaurants in the area, Josh said. The Schubert family are loyal to their people, and their people are loyal to them. No one was fired during the lockdown.

“Everyone who wanted to continue working continued to work,” he said. “We have employees who have been with us for 10, 20, 30 years because it’s a family restaurant and we want to treat everyone like family.”

It has always been like this. Maggio’s was founded by Josh and Sam’s father in 1976.

“Originally in the Redwood Mall. It was really a pizza, hoagie, sandwich type place, ”Josh said.

They built a successful restaurant business with her, and by sixteen years ago they had grown so big that they moved down the street to the Hampton Square Mall on Second Street Pike. They have a full size restaurant, bar and banquet hall that can accommodate 300 people.

It’s a classic American success story. Whoever is under pressure from the strange new normal being inflicted by COVID policies.

“The job situation that affects us is the truck driving situation,” Josh said.

There is a shortage of drivers to get the products they need to their suppliers, who deliver them to their restaurants. It’s a constant turmoil and it doesn’t look like the situation will improve between now and the holidays, when people will eat out more often and shop for food and gifts for the holidays.

“They’re already talking about a turkey shortage on Thanksgiving and no ham on Christmas. You see the supermarket shelves are empty. That’s why, ”Josh said.

So, with his Facebook complaint about labor and supply, Josh Schubert wanted to set the record straight on what happens to little guys like him, the pressure they are under, in the county. from Bucks and elsewhere.

As for the abandonment of work, they perhaps deserve more dough. Maybe they feel they deserve a job that gives them meaning in their life, that they are doing something bigger than themselves.

But given the critical supply issues for delivering the food, clothing, and lumber needed to build shelters, maybe truck driving is the way to go.

Columnist JD Mullane can be reached at 215-949-5745 or [email protected]

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