Here is my advice to every restaurant manager and owner out their. Your assignment for tomorrow is to put a NOW HIRING or similar banner or sign in front of your restaurant.
Think about it if you drove by a restaurant with us a sign what would you think? I know what I though today when I did just that. The first thing that went through my mind is things can not be that bad if this people are looking for help and two this must be a great place to eat I need to try them out.
On another note you may get a lot of applicants and some of them may be much better than some of the employees you have been putting up with for so long because they were OK. Just remember OK employees just like OK food will kill your restaurant.