Mario Inderschmitten has 15 Gault Millau points and cannot find any staff

The words on the Hotel Albrun website in Binn VS are clear. “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close the hotel at the end of winter 2023,” writes owner Mario Inderschmitten (36). “The constant lack of employees and the worsening price situation in the catering industry make it impossible for us to have a future in Binntal.”

In the high season in July and August eight employees normally work in the company. Things don’t look good for the summer though. Six positions are still vacant. “We have been looking for service personnel for six months. We also need room help and a kitchen help, »says Inderschmitten.

He himself is in the kitchen. The trained chef and pastry chef was a member of the Swiss national culinary team and has 15 Gault Millau points. “I’m alone in the kitchen, it’s really tough,” he says. His wife Laetitia (42) serves the guests in the restaurant and takes care of the hotel with eleven rooms.

“Binn is very remote”

But why can’t Inderschmitten find any staff? “Binn is very remote, that’s definitely a factor,” he says. The whole Corona story contributes to this. “Many people have probably noticed during the lockdown how pleasant it is to have evenings and weekends off. They won’t come back.”

In addition, Inderschmitten is very worried about the rising prices. “Everything has become more expensive since the outbreak of the Ukraine war,” he says. He cannot pass on all price increases to customers. Otherwise they would not come.

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