P.F. Chang's China Bistro

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, famous for its lettuce wraps, has alerted the state of reduced hours for its staff at its Indianapolis and Fort Wayne restaurants.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro notified the state that it has cut hours to 50% and more for 225 employees at its two Indianapolis restaurants and one in Fort Wayne at Glenbrook Square.

In a letter to comply with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, the restaurant chain based in Scottsdale, Arizona, cited the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the reduction of employees’ hours at its full-service restaurants, including the one at 4201 Coldwater Road, Suite D-1, in Fort Wayne.

In Fort Wayne, it will affect “up to 75 employees who have been employed for more than six months and previously worked an average of more than 20 hours per week.”

The letter, signed by Kim Murdock, human resources business partner, was sent to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development as well as Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown.

The letter says in part, “As governmental orders limiting restaurant operations remain in place for the foreseeable future, it is now clear to the Company that temporary reduced operations and reduction of hours at the restaurant identified above may last beyond six (6) months from its start back in the Spring.

“... we are notifying you as soon as practicable, taking into account the great difficulties affecting our industry faces in projecting future staffing needs under the circumstances.”

The letter cites March 1 as the effective date.

The 207-seat, 6,800 square-foot restaurant opened in Fort Wayne in October 2018 with a large horse statue outside the entrance. Its menu includes dim sum, sushi, main entrees, soups, salads and desserts, and the restaurant is known for its lettuce wraps. Its scratch-made items are what P.F. Chang’s calls its “Farm to Wok” food philosophy.

The company sells a line of frozen meals that are sold in markets, including at Fort Wayne’s Kroger stores.

The company is listed as having received a $5-$10 million loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help businesses keep employees on the payroll.

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