Agave & Rye partners with LANDED to meet aggressive hiring targets for new restaurant openings

Agave & Rye rapidly growing restaurant brand with 19 locations and counting across Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Indiana. To support their rapid growth and maintain the momentum of new store openings, Agave & Rye partnered with LANDED.

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With the impending launch of their newest restaurant, Agave & Rye faced a critical challenge: filling more than 100 positions for both front and back of house within three weeks. Despite having an applicant tracking system (ATS) in place, the system fell short of generating the volume of quality applicants needed. This staffing shortfall threatened to delay their scheduled opening, prompting the need for a more dynamic recruitment solution as they continued to enter new markets.


In pursuit of a seamless integration that would bolster their existing ATS, Agave & Rye partnered with LANDED. By leveraging Speed, Agave & Rye facilitated instant communication with candidates via SMS, ensuring that leads were warm and still interested in the roles they applied to. LANDED’s Generative AI allowed for automatic vetting, engagement, and coordination of interviews, freeing up valuable time for Agave & Rye’s team to focus on other critical aspects of their expansion.


By optimizing recruitment tactics through AI-driven efficiencies, Agave & Rye not only enhanced their hiring process but also significantly reduced the cost and time associated with their hiring. Our partnership yielded the successful hire of 122 qualified hourly workers—94% of which were sourced by LANDED— within the three-week timeline, at a cost of $38 per hire. This strategic partnership enabled Agave & Rye to meet their staffing needs without compromising on the quality or speed of their ambitious expansion plans.

“LANDED has exceeded our expectations at Epic Brands! We improved candidate quality, reduced time to hire and increased the percentage of new team members who showed up on day one for our new restaurant opening- all while adhering to a strict budget. LANDED has truly become an extension of my team.”

Katie DeBlasio
Chief People Officer
Agave & Rye
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