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Hundreds Order Up Job Hopes In Popular Restaurant

'You can come have a seat sir…'

College students, day care workers, professional chefs, engineers, and the long-time unemployed flocked to the banks of the Cuyahoga River - hoping to nail down a job offering not just a pay check, but the security of knowing the job will last until the snow flies again.

Four restaraunts - Shooters, Nautica, Silk, and Windows on the River; are gearing up for the season - and offered the joint two-day job fair with expectations of seeing thousands of applicants.

it's not fancy - they're seeking kitchen help, waiters, bartenders, busboys, and cooks - but none of the hundreds who turned out, like William Miller, considered the jobs as anything but gold.

"I'm a student at CCC, and I been out of work since I started school, 8 months now, so I'm down here trying to find anything I can."

Noreen Childs drove in from Elyria.
She's been job-hunting four months, and with a hungry teenager at home, says she's willing to work almost any place...

"But Shooters has been around for a very long time, and it's got a good reputation."

Roger Loecy owns Shooters. He told me that in an odd way, Ohio's 10% unemployment rate helps him, by sending more qualified, more grateful job seekers through his doors.

"When times were booming you were always trying to compete with other restaurants and bars, but now, a lot of them went out of business, so we have a lot more people."

Loecy says applications will be taken through Wednesday evening, but he thinks even then, he'll still need more people - to fill about 300 coveted spots.

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.