Even with historically high wages, eateries are having a hard time filling jobs; wings will soon fly off menus; dining options slimming too.
By Tony Schinella, Patch.com
CONCORD, NH -- The last 15 months have been a boomerang, of sorts, for restaurants in New Hampshire.
Midway through March 2020, as everything shut down, many restaurateurs and business owners thought they were going to lose everything. The industry requires customers to go out to eat and drink, spend their money, and be social — something that was restricted during the coronavirus pandemic. Eateries pivoted — offering outside dining and takeout options and strategizing to stay alive. Many survived until infections died down but some, however, did not.
As infections began to rise again last fall, it was another freakout moment for restaurants — the outdoor dining option was dampened due to chilly New Hampshire temperatures. Some experimented with delivery services and continued take-out while working with minimal staffing. As the holiday season subsided though, there was more worry — the sector was entering the first quarter, historically the worst time of the year for eateries. The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association launched a statewide effort to get the industry through and it appears to have worked.
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