COSTA MESA — As President Barack Obama on Monday accused Senate Republicans of blocking legislation that would extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans, more than 200 hopeful — and some desperate — job seekers showed up for open interview sessions for 100 positions at a new restaurant in Costa Mesa.
Seasons 52, a restaurant with seasonal menus, fresh food and top-notch wine, opens Aug. 30 at the Clubhouse restaurant's former site in South Coast Plaza.
The restaurant began conducting walk-in interviews Monday. For the next three weeks on Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., job seekers can fill out an application and interview with management for culinary and service positions.
By 1 p.m. Monday, there were already more than 160 applicants. The first applicant arrived at 7:45 a.m., said spokeswoman Marguarite Clark.
"I'll take anything," said Beau Cook, 29, of Costa Mesa, when asked which position he applied for Monday morning.