Restaurants and diners alike are feeling the pinch from the industry’s labor shortage.

The industry is still down 750,000 jobs – roughly 6.1% of its workforce – from pre-pandemic levels as of May, according to the National Restaurant Association.

In the first quarter, customers mentioned short staffing three times more often in their Yelp reviews than in the year-ago period, according to the restaurant review site.

Employment / Restaurant Partners

The goal is for all of our students to be employed by our employment partners. By offering RISE graduates with paid employment externships or employment, organizations are helping communities thrive. We want to see our students succeed and continue expanding on the foundation they built during their internship at RCI. If you’re interested in becoming an employment partner or would like to create internship opportunities for RISE graduates, please email us at

Garland and Brandi Ledbetter’s great love for Utah and the beautiful mountains is something that they have drawn inspiration from in starting their coffee roasting company and shop Kings Peak Coffee. They are passionate about coffee and ensure that their employees are trained in all aspects of coffee to engage with customers in an authentic way.

Culinary Crafts’ mission is to take care of people, especially through great food and service. They’ve got the talent, creativity, and know-how to make that happen at every event they do as the lead catering company in Utah.

Surya Bastakoti welcomes customers to experience traditional Nepali and Indian Cuisine prepared daily with the freshest ingredients from scratch by dedicated Nepali chefs. Mouth-watering aroma and flavors of curries, warm naan, sizzling Tandoori grills make this restaurant a gem in the heart of Salt Lake downtown.

Chef Anny Sooksri’s energetic personality is matched only by her knowledge and passion for Thai cuisine. She is the chef and owner of three Thai restaurants in Salt Lake, including Chabaar, Beyond Thai in Midvale, and Tea Rose Diner in Murray.

Community Partners

The Department of Workforce Services helps Utahn’s find opportunities for a better life, including (but not limited to) employment opportunities. Sharing this vision with RISE, it’s a natural partnership that mutually works to help each other achieve our common purpose. We are specifically working with their subdivision the Utah Refugee Center (URC) to refer us with qualified applicants for our program.

Utah Community Action is dedicated to fighting poverty at its root and sees the value in programs like RISE in providing long-term sustainability. They combine efforts and help provide essential permits and training to get our students into culinary careers through their ‘saute program’.

Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s largest college with the most diverse student body. It serves more than 45,000 students on 10 campuses and with online classes. All ages. Many interests. Flexible scheduling. With an exceptional range of academic and career-oriented options.

Since 2009, our mission has been to empower women from all nations – no matter their status – to achieve independence, economic success, and a voice in their community. Through our three-pronged model of Customized Service, Community Building, and Economic Empowerment, we offer post-resettlement services such as: English classes, career and educational development, mentorships, citizenship preparation, workshops, personalized case management and advocacy, and cultural integration awareness for both our clients and the Salt Lake community. We hope to build a wide community for displaced women and their families and to support them as they build a life here in Utah.  | @2022 copy rights reserved | © Madras Creatives