Pandemic hits restaurants hard with rising costs, short staff

Pandemic hits restaurants hard with rising costs, short staff

POSEYVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The restaurant industry is taking yet another hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you are driving around town, you may notice many places are hiring, especially in the restaurant industry.

This is because many are now short-staffed with the increase in unemployment benefits.

The owner of Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant in Poseyville says their family-owned business is incredibly short-staffed, so they have brought in their son to help out until they can get more workers.

After having to close multiple times this last year from the pandemic, the newest issue they are facing is a cost increase in their menu items.

“Cooking oil has went from $22 a jug to almost $40. Mayo, my one vendor, I’ve been paying $31 for a case of mayo, and now it’s $47. It’s just like, I’m just scratching my head,” David Zickefoose, owner of Ziggy’s said.

Ziggy’s says business is booming now that they can offer indoor dining again, and COVID-19 numbers are going down.

If anyone is interested in working for them, all they need to do is come in person.

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