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Mandarin Oriental restaurant shutting for good

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Bar Boloud in the Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street is blaming Covid-19 for its decision to shut down.

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I'm sorry to see people who work there lose their jobs.

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I'm hearing there are staffing shortages everywhere. Expect more closings as people recognize the risk reward tradeoff in this industry is out of balance.

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A significant part of the food service workforce left town in April when colleges and universities closed down.

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The fact that someone with a valid unemployment claim gets $600/week also makes it a bad deal to go back to work for a low paying gig like washing dishes. So, you know, staffing shortages due to the fact that employers don't pay livable wages is a more glaring problem now.

We don't value labor in this country very much, which is a bummer.

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I hear what you're saying but can you say it a different way than, "People who are getting $600 from the government won't work a job that pays $600 a week."

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He's saying that people who are getting $600 a week in unemployment won't go back to jobs that pay $510 a week, especially when their minimum-wage gig won't provide sick time, health insurance, or PPE in the middle of a pandemic.

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I think the risk point is too easily glossed over by armchair labor theorists.

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I can tell you the $600/week was on top of the unemployment. So grounds for even less incentive to go back to work.

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People who get what the government considers the bare minimum to keep people alive, won't work for less than that. What a surprise!

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The $600 increase runs out soon and it seems unlikely to be extended by the feds.

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Say it ain’t so. Magoo.

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It's Chinatown. Something else will open up.

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It’s 800 Boylston Street. Not like the place was doing a stellar business before the current crisis and had a snowball’s chance of lasting past baseball season anyways (the staff palpably hated anyone who dared enter and expect any level of general civility), but it’s not Chinatown.

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It is in Back Bay

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