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Fast-growing restaurant chain focuses recruitment on Toys R Us employees

With 31,000 people losing their jobs at Toys R Us, the Main Event food-and-games chain is focusing its recruitment efforts on that sudden surge in the labor pool.

The 40-unit competitor to Dave & Buster’s is in the midst of a five-day open house for current and recent employees of the 735-unit toy chain and its sister operation, Babies R Us. Both are going out of business, and the stores are in the process of liquidating their inventories and closing.

Displaced workers can visit a Main Event to assess it as a place to work. If they like what they see, they can fill out an application and be interviewed right there for a job.

Visitors who opt for an interview are rewarded with a card enabling them to try the Main Event’s arcade attractions.

Main Event says it has openings for front-of-house, back-of-house, supervisory, sales and technician-type posts. Four of the game-restaurant hybrids are currently in development.

The open house started Monday and runs through the end of the week, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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