Owner Shy Patel says he is facing some labor recruitment challenges but hopes this trend that many restaurants are facing will soon end.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Restaurateur Shy Patel saw a need in Jacksonville and decided to fill it. “There is no such thing as a Midwestern style barbecue … there is no such thing as a barbecue here,” he said on Friday morning to add the finishing touches to his new business.
Patel is weeks away from opening Sugarfire BBQ at 12959 Atlantic Blvd. east of Girvin Road in the former Panera Bread site.
The St. Louis-based chain operates more than a dozen restaurants, and Jacksonville will be the first on the East Coast. Sugarfire BBQ prides itself on having the “best sandwiches in the world” with other signature dishes such as brisket, turkey, pulled pork, homemade sausage, ribs and burgers.
What makes St. Louis Barbecue different is that the meat is grated dry and the sauce is served as a side dish, Patel said. The restaurant will have healthy side dishes, “and not just baked beans and potato salad,” he said
Patel has made a number of hires, but like many restaurants lately, he’s struggling to find workforce. He said he expected that to change after June 26, when Florida stops paying the additional $ 300 per week of federal pandemic unemployment benefits. “Things should open up when unemployment benefits go away,” he said.
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Posted by Sugarfire Jacksonville FL on Monday May 17th, 2021
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