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New sushi restaurant opens at the Hilton

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Starting a business is not only an investment in infrastructure, but also in human resources, said Stephen Hadeed, managing director, Luce, (Italian for light), a lounge, wine bar and sushi restaurant.


On March 7, 45-year-old Hadeed opened the doors to his business on the compound of the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre, St Ann’s. Hadeed said it’s the second sushi bar in a hotel in T&T, the first being located at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad hotel.


He said properly trained workers assist in building the image of a business. He employs ten, including two chefs.


Speaking to the Business Guardian on Tuesday, Hadeed said training and offering an attractive salary are the two factors which contribute to a high retention rate of workers.


A graduate of Queens’ Royal College, he said trends show upgrading equipment for staff to use is not a priority for most owners of businesses in T&T. 


“The problem is many people don’t want to pay the price for good workers. I pay, but had the challenge of three or four people leave already and that is because they are young. At the end of the day, you hire people that know the work.