Restaurants Are Back In Action!

The warmer weather and extended day light awakens the soul. People are coming out again, streets are filled with smiles, and restaurants are alive with conversation. I’m not sure if it is the calm after the storm of the pandemic or spring in the air, but the restaurant industry has bounced back.

When covid began, restaurants along with the rest of the world shut down. We did not know what to expect. After the initial shock, some opened their doors for take out and continued to run. Other establishments did not weather the storm as well. Some restaurants had to close their doors temporarily, others forever. The pandemic changed the restaurant industry in a way no one expected.

As a country we learned to adapt to these changes. Slowly guidelines allowed patrons to wear masks and sit down inside. This was a huge leap for restaurant owners hoping to re-hire staff and get back on their feet again. Restaurants were now able to function with dine out, dine in, and outdoor dining options. This allowed restaurants to bounce back with guidelines in place.

Two years later with covid under control and pandemic plans in place we can move forward as a country to relax on guidelines. This is a huge sigh of relief for the restaurant industry. The mask guidelines have relaxed and patrons can dine in comfortably at their personal discretion.

With more American’s ready to test boundaries and explore outside of their homes, restaurants are busier than ever. Establishments that were once empty are seeing wait times again. It is exciting to see a packed patio on a Saturday night. A smiling face siting next to you at a bar, or a family at the next table is a welcome occurrence again.

A recent Yahoo Finance online article stated that in a recent survey, 75% of Americans were dining out again, a record number during the covid-era. Travel has also seen a significant boost. The increase in consumer demand, coupled with on-going staffing challenges, have created the perfect recipe for demand.

Hospitality recruiting in 2022 is booming. Patrice and Associates is working round the clock to help restaurants, hotels, entertainment businesses, and food & beverage companies to find talent at all levels; from entry level managers, to Executive Search positions in marketing, operations, finance, sales, technology, HR, and even Legal.

Now is a great time to be looking at the Patrice & Associates opportunity. Our franchisees are ramping up quicker than ever.  Contact us today to learn more!


Duke Witte absolutely was amazing! 

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Duke Witte for his assistance in finding me a new job in the hospitality industry. I was disgruntled with my previous job, and I was feeling very discouraged about my prospects. I had been working in the restaurant industry for many years, and I had a lot of experience and skills, but I was having a hard time finding a better opportunity.

I was contacted via LinkedIn by Duke, and thank goodness I was.  Mr. Witte was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. He took the time to understand my skills and experience, and worked tirelessly to find me a job that was a good fit.

Duke was also very honest and upfront with me about the job market. He didn't sugarcoat things, but also didn't give up on me. He kept me motivated and encouraged, and never gave up on finding me a job that I would love.

I am so grateful to Duke Witte and his team for their help. I am now happily employed, and I am so happy that I was able to find a job that I love. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a job in the restaurant industry. He is a true professional, and is dedicated to helping his clients find the perfect job!

Thank you again for everything!

Nick Grubbs

Working with Chris Bovio made job searching so much easier! 

Not only was he available and involved in my search, but also knowledgeable regarding the position. Chris used his industry experience and recruiting network to find the best position for me and my skill set. My only regret is that my new job is so perfect for me that I won’t need to use Chris or Patrice & Associates later.


Nick Guarino

Michael Greig was absolutely fantastic in every way! 

He gave me options and suggestions & eventually found a great for me. Communication was easy and he went above & beyond. Also, he seems like an all around good dude. Thanks again Michael. Solid work out there. You’re hired :)

Nic Callahan

Bryan Curtis was fantastic to work with!

Bryan was very on top of things throughout my recruiting process to the engineering firm I accepted my position with.  I responded to his LinkedIn posting and heard back from him within 24 hours. He continually spoke with me throughout the process checking in regularly and answering all my questions. Bryan was instrumental in helping me find a great job.



Frank Rondeau was a really big help! 

When it came to helping me find my new job, he knocked it out of the park!  He was very honest and thorough throughout the entire process. We had multiple conversations along the way and he always checked in after interviews. Frank was amazing to work with, and I'm super excited to start my new journey thanks to him.       

Many Thanks,


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