Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor casino has been embroiled in controversy no less than the company itself. From facing a lawsuit alleging cheating customers to the controversy around permission to serve alcoholic beverages until 4 am – Wynn’s new casino has been the talk of the town.
In a recent report published in the Boston Herald, it is revealed that as Encore Boston Harbor is in the process of massive hiring in the restaurant labor market, the other local joints have begun facing the heat.
The report quotes, Mark D’Alessandro, the general manager of Mistral and operations manager for the Columbus Restaurant Group saying; “We already had issues with finding staff — the casino has added a whole other dimension to it.”
The concerns of the restaurant owners are that the new casino has upped the wages and that is making it very difficult for local and older restaurants to stay afloat.
Talking to the Boston Herald, spokeswoman Rosie Salisbury said: “We received 135,000 applications for positions within the resort and are pleased with the caliber of candidates that we have been able to attract.”
He also confirmed that while the casino resort has hired 5,200 people they still have positions open for 200 more.
Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor casino grossed $16.7 million in its opening week after it started welcoming guests from June 23.