The Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach targets July reopening; plans hiring event

Restaurant closed temporarily due to staffing issues

A sign hanging in the window of The Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach
A sign hanging in the window of The Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach (MALCOM DENMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – The Fat Snook owner Mona Foy said she hopes to have the restaurant open again in early July.

Business was great, Foy said, but she and her husband John temporarily closed the award-winning Cocoa Beach restaurant last month when they realized they didn’t have enough staff to operate at an optimum level. They sent The Fat Snook staff to work at sister restaurant Crush XI until they could replenish the staffs at both places, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

An employment open house is set for noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Crush XI, 923 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, with free drinks and snacks. Jobs are available for cooks, servers, dishwashers and server assistants, with paid training. Those attending the open house can meet current employees of both restaurants and tour Crush XI.

In the meantime, Foy said, “We are hosting casual discussion platforms with our current employees in an effort to learn more about what makes a happy, healthy workplace that offers a rewarding combination of service and camaraderie.”

The staff has overcome a challenging year, she said.

“They’ve learned to embrace daily ‘on-the-fly’ operations,” she said. “We are so proud of them and grateful for them.”

The target date for reopening The Fat Snook is July 5, Foy said.

“We are excited about the future,” she said. “Change sometimes is uncomfortable, but it usually is good.”