Thousands Of Layoffs Hit IL Restaurants, Hotels: 3,400 Jobs Cut

Shannon Antinori
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CHICAGO, IL — The latest round of layoffs in Illinois means thousands of lost jobs in restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses.

According to WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notices issued Oct. 31, an additional 3,468 jobs are being cut, including more than 80 additional layoffs at companies previously hit by job cuts. Most of the cuts involve Chicago-area restaurants.

Wildfire, a steak and seafood chain, is cutting jobs at multiple locations, with permanent layoffs at its locations in Chicago (29 jobs cut), Oak Brook (35 jobs cut) and Lincolnshire (33 jobs cut). Big Bowl also announced 26 permanent layoffs at its Chicago location and 44 at its Schaumburg location.

Bon Appetit Management Co. of Chicago — an on-site restaurant company offering food service management to corporations, universities, museums and other specialty venues — announced 167 permanent layoffs.

Other restaurant job cuts:

  • L. Wood’s Tap & Pine Lodge in Lincolnwood: 37 permanent layoffs

  • Joe’s Prime Steak, Seafood and Stone Crab in Chicago: 64 permanent layoffs

  • Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago: 69 permanent layoffs

  • Shaw’s Crab House and Tokio Asian Fusion in Schaumburg: 27 permanent layoffs

  • Hub 51 in Chicago: 34 permanent layoffs

  • Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria in Chicago: 31 permanent layoffs

  • RPM Steak in Chicago: 25 permanent layoffs

  • RPM Seafood, RPM Events and Pizzeria Portofino in Chicago: 80 permanent layoffs

  • Beatrix in Chicago: 40 permanent layoffs

  • Saranello’s in Wheeling: 31 permanent layoffs

  • Osteria Via Stato in Chicago: 25 permanent layoffs

  • Petterino’s and Do-Rite Donuts in Chicago: 80 permanent layoffs

  • RPM Italian in Chicago: 36 permanent layoffs

  • Bub City and Joe’s Live in Rosemont: 66 permanent layoffs

  • Bub City in Chicago: 40 permanent layoffs

  • MEI in Chicago: 25 permanent layoffs

  • Ema in Chicago: 38 permanent layoffs

  • Ramen-San, Dance Studio and Il Porcellino in Chicago: 47 permanent layoffs

Hornblower Cruises & Events LLC, which operates Odyssey and Seadog cruises at Navy Pier, announced 296 permanent layoffs. Hornblower purchased Entertainment Cruises, previously owned by Gov. J.B. Pritzker's venture capital firm, in 2019.

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Aramark at Morton Arboretum announced 92 temporary layoffs, while Aramark at Rosemont Convention Center announced 93.

Ace Hotel in Chicago is also announcing 64 temporary layoffs, and the Whitehall Hotel of Chicago is announcing 54 permanent layoffs.

Meanwhile, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA in Bannockburn is cutting 400 jobs due to relocation and restructuring.

Another company announcing 400 permanent layoffs is Transform SR Holding Management LLC of Hoffman Estates. The company owns and operates department stores including Sears, which has just over 80 stores remaining nationwide, and Kmart, which only has 34 remaining locations nationwide and none in Illinois.

Retailer Le Tote Inc. also announced 29 permanent layoffs at its Northbrook store and 30 at its Schaumburg location.

View the full list of layoff notices here.

This article originally appeared on the Chicago Patch