22 South Food Hall launches ‘Short Staffed’ Mondays to celebrate St. Pete hospitality workers

The first one is on Nov. 1 at the Historic Manhattan Casino.

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Are you a hospitality worker who’s been harassed by maskless, impatient customers all pandemic long? If so, then 22 South Food Hall at St. Petersburg’s Historic Manhattan Casino can help you blow off some steam at its “Short Staffed, a Service Industry Celebration!” on Mon., Nov. 1 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

It’s no secret that nation-wide labor shortages have been devastating the hospitality and food industry for the past two years, and 22 South Food Hall wants to dedicate one night to the hardworking industry folks that literally keep St. Petersburg running. “Short Staffed” is an event for workers, by workers. 

Live music will be provided by Tampa Bay-based singer-songwriter and chef J.T. Brown, hip-hop artist Mike Mass, and Polyenso percussionist Denny Agosto. Mass and Brown released a collaborative song titled “Blood in the Water” last year—so you can definitely expect that on Monday night’s setlist. 

Food will be available for purchase from the different vendors located inside the Manhattan Casino—Betterway BBQ, Harpers Hamburgers, Irie Mon Jamaican, Scratch Snacks, and Louie's Italian. Guest bartender Monica DeChaine, a semi-finalist on the TV program “Master of the Craft”, will be slinging craft cocktails and a special $5 old fashioned. 

22 South Food Hall, located at  642 22nd St S, just reopened just a few weeks ago and already has a variety of upcoming events planned. Jazz nights, first Friday mixers and a Halloween party are just a few on its roster—alongside “Short Staffed” on Nov. 1. 

Bar and Events manager Clifford Hobbs tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that 22 South’s reopening has been going great, but that it’s also still looking for part-time event staff. “We have dishwashers that double as event servers and cooks that barback as well,” Hobbs explains. “We are a tight-knit family that works hard to get the job done successfully.” 

The St. Petersburg community has revived this food hall and historic venue once before, and it's up to the rest of us to help it continue to thrive. Monday night’s Short Staffed event will hopefully be the first of many—if it goes well, the Manhattan Casino will consider making it a monthly celebration highlighting different musicians, guest bartenders and local hospitality vendors.  

Grab your free tickets for “Short Staffed” via Eventbrite, and have your juiciest customer service stories ready for sharing and comparing.


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