HARRISBURG, PA (WHTM) – Restaurants seem to be on the recovery path after a really tough year, but now that restrictions are easing they are facing a new challenge.
Restaurants are struggling to keep up with the booming business due to a lack of staff.
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Flinchy's owner Matt Flinchbaugh says he's had trouble filling vacancies.
"It's great that the regulations are being dropped on us, but we still don't have the manpower to open 7 days a week," said Flinchbaugh
It's a challenge he's never had.
“In my more than 20 years in the restaurant business. I've never had a problem finding waiters, bartender, ”Flinchbaugh said. "In 2019, 30 people would have been down the street for a bartending job."
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He is not alone. Jason Viscount, owner of Greystone Public House and Greystone Brew House, says this is also happening in his restaurants.
"We're in the same situation, too. All restaurants are currently trying to find help and they don't exist right now," said Viscount.
The staff shortage is having a real impact as they try to recover from a difficult year.
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"I can't even open my doors at normal hours right now because of a lack of help," said Flinchbaugh. “We need people. The more we open, the less we have and the harder the servers and everyone work. "
He believes the bigger unemployment controls are to blame.
"It's not just restaurants, but landscapers, builders, Lowes, Home Depot, and big stores. They all hire and nobody fills out applications. They sit at home and get free cash," Flinchbaugh said.
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They have a lot on their plate right now, but they focus on service with a smile, even when their hands are missing.
"We want to make people happy. That's the whole business," said Viscount. "We don't cook food for ourselves, we cook it for the experience. Anyone can go anywhere but we try to have an experience. "
Both restaurants are hiring for multiple positions. If you would like to apply for a position at Greystone, click here. If you would like to apply for a position at Flinchy, you can contact them here.