Gigpro app puts the food and beverage industry back to work

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – At Lake & Oak BBQ in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, good food is something you can count on.

“Oh, chest all day. Our brisket is smoked for 14 hours and rubbed with coffee. There’s no better breast in town. I will challenge anyone,” said Stephanie Williams, owner of Lake & Oak BBQ.

But when it comes to hiring employees at the restaurant, it hasn’t been easy.

“I think the biggest challenge has been finding people. Where did they go? Reach those people,” Williams said.

Restaurant owner Stephanie Williams opened the business in 2020 in the middle of a pandemic, just when 4 million people left the food industry, just when Samuel Mylrea said the Gigpro app had launched to get people back to work.

“As of today, we have about 100 businesses in Atlanta using it on the business side and we’re approaching about 5,000 professionals using the app,” Mylrea said.

The Gigpro app enables food and beverage companies to locate people who are actively looking for a job.

“Within the first fifteen minutes of posting the job, I had 19 professionals wanting to fill my job,” Williams said.

And if a match is made, Gigpro handles insurance and taxes for the worker and collects a 20% fee based on the total cost of the shift.

“We see from a lot of our pros that it’s extra income. It’s a way for them to pay that extra grocery bill, that gas price hike, and if they have time, I’m doing nothing on Thursday night. I can go work a wedding shift and work as an event server and make $250,” Mylrea said.

At Lake & Oak BBQ, they hope it will help boost their business while helping others find work during record inflation.

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