A coworker/friend of mine just applied for a server position at a number of San Francisco restaurants. The response she received from several managers? They are being flooded with resumes from recently laid-off professionals desperately seeking employment. Real estate agents, financial services, former small business owners, advertising professionals, you get the idea. These are highly qualified individuals, college-credentialed, with 'real world' job experience fighting for food server positions.
If you are hiring FOH, it might be time to expand your FOH job descriptions to include skills and experience that would benefit your operations. Also, the last thing you want in your restaurant is an overachieving ex-professional-high-achiever-type who is bored and unchallenged. Time to create some outlets for these talented individuals, perhaps a social media site, a blog, an updated website, a Flickr page, whatever.
Stop looking at FOH as minimum wage, hourly employees. Tap into these folks, give them an opportunity to be creative and collaborative!