Rockets in jobs lifeline to burger chain staff
Restaurant staff who lost their jobs in the collapse of the Jo'Burger chain have been offered an employment lifeline by Eddie Rockets.
In a surprise announcement on Friday, Jo'Burger, which owned Dublin restaurants including Crackbird and Jo'Burger, said it was to cease trading immediately.
On Twitter, American diner chain Eddie Rockets said it would like to hire any staff affected by the closure "straight away".
"We are sorry to see any business close," the statement said. "We would like to offer the staff of Jo'Burger jobs straight away, chefs, supervisors, waitress and porters' jobs. Please contact us directly now and we will hire you."
Social media users praised the Eddie Rockets offer, describing it as a "brilliant gesture" in the run-up to Christmas.
"Loving the love from one Irish company to another," one person said.
"What a fabulous thing to do at this time of year. Well done Eddie Rockets," said another.
Whelan's bar and music venue in Wexford Street also said it was "devastated" for former Jo'Burger staff and asked them to get in contact.
"Devastated for the staff especially at this time of year. Get in touch and we'll see what we can do," the venue tweeted.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the ACS Group, a cleaning and hygiene company, said it was "not forgetting" the cleaning staff and encouraged them to contact it for employment.
Restaurants Association of Ireland chief executive Adrian Cummins said last week that his heart goes out to all staff members who have lost their jobs so close to Christmas.
"We will help them in whatever way we can to secure alternative employment, but the industry is in a very worrying time at the moment," Mr Cummins said.
"Landlords are increasing their rents enormously, and with trends like these I can only imagine there will be more job losses in the first quarter of next year."
The Jo'Burger Group, owned by Joe Macken, said it was with "great regret" that its restaurants were closing down, in a statement shared on social media.
"A combination of factors, including challenging trading conditions, have forced this move," the company statement went on.
"Jo'Burger, Crackbird, Hey Donna and Bar Giuseppe will cease trading effective immediately."