Popular Perivoj Restaurant Ends Three-Year Journey, Cites Lack of Quality Workers as Reason

Daniela Rogulj

The favorite Split restaurant has closed its doors just before the busy season. 

The popular Split restaurant Perivoj, located in Villa Tončić, has ceased to work from today, reports Dalmatinski Portal on April 9, 2018. 

Perivoj made their guests aware of this on Facebook where they wrote that they were closing due to technical problems and thanked all of their beloved followers for being part of their three-year journey. 

The owner of Perivoj, Dvor Miljenko Validžić, revealed today that the ’technical problems’ really meant the reality that there is a shortage of quality workers, which is why they were forced to close Perivoj while leaving sister restaurant Dvor open.

“We had to decide which object we would keep open and we decided on Dvor because it’s going a little better for us over there, we just entered the Michelin guide and some things exciting things await us. We’ve been trying to find people over the last two months, but it’s not possible. Everyone goes into the contest, there is little talk at all, and those who come out of it you never hear from again. We have realized that we will not have quality staff in any facility and have decided to merge the two facilities into one,” Validžić says, adding that possible labor imports should have been considered at the end of last season when it was clear that this year’s problems with worker shortage would arise. 

“I know this may seem like a silly move because we all have poor work in the winter and we depend on tourists and the season. In the winter we spend what we earn in the season, but it could not have been different otherwise. We’ve tried to look at all the variants to make this cheaper. Plenty of resources have been invested, this space has been neglected for decades, and we made an oasis which people loved and enjoyed. I do not blame anyone, I am the only one to blame, but no one predicted that there wouldn’t be enough quality people to work three years ago. What is happening now with restaurants and hotels in Split is private investment, and it is clear that neither the city nor the state has any strategy and that’s why this is happening to us,” says Validžić.

Validžić warns that because of this problem, but also because of the higher VAT, many hosts will be forced to close their facilities.

“My profits fell three times over the last year, and the company paid 1.2 million kuna more VAT than the year when the rate was 13 percent – and caterers simply cannot survive. So that everyone understands, I have chosen to be an employer and a private company and I will deal with them as long as I have to,” concludes Validzic.

Translated from Dalmatinski Portal 


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