Pittsburgh‘s up-and-coming dining scene not only is starting to generate buzz among locals, it’s also becoming known as a good place to build a career.
Indeed, the city’s new outcrop of restaurants is one of the industries — in addition to technology, health care, engineering and education — that’s drawing young people to Pittsburgh.
“The chef who wants to make a break for it has a paved path in Pittsburgh,” said Brandon Baltzley, 28, the Chicago-based firebrand chef who has spent the past year here working as a cook in restaurants and staging pop-up dinners.
“Easy living, affordable everything and a burgeoning food scene: This is an area that will soon get attention on a national level.”
Methacton School District has replaced the entire cafeteria staff with Philadelphia-based food service giant Aramark. 42 workers and managers have lost their jobs.
Aramark has agree to offer comparable service and cut high school lunch prices by $1.00. Aramark has also agreed to give consideration to furloughed workers for comparable jobs, but rehire is not guaranteed.
Food service is expected to be a break-even operation but has lost money for the last five years. About $1 million dollars according to Superintendent Timothy Quinn.
Time will tell if this was the right decision. Aramark’s contract is for one year.