Shane Smyth on How Immigrants Saved Eating places – Ricochet


This week, host Denzil Mohammed at JobMakers is speaking to Shane Smyth, owner of Hugh O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Malden and co-owner of five other restaurants in Newton and Boston, one of which he opened during the pandemic. Shane shares why he sees immigrants as the backbone of the restaurant industry (immigrants make up over 40 percent of our agricultural workforce and one-fifth of our food prep and service workforce) and the tremendous skill and drive they bring with them. Shane offers strategies for restaurants to survive crises that are impossible without immigrants, as you learn in this week’s JobMakers.

Shane Smith owns Hugh O’Neill’s Pub in Malden, Massachusetts and other restaurants in the greater Boston area including Buttonwood, Sycamore, and Little Big Diner.

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