CARMEL, Ind. — As the pandemic winds down, area restaurants are seeing a surge in demand. It’s prompting some new establishments to pop up, but concept and hiring challenges remain.
“We have restaurants doing their best weeks with three or four servers when they should have ten,” explains Patrick Tamm, President and CEO of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association (InRLA), “Starbucks throughout the state, and some locations, they aren’t open on Mondays.”
Economic data shows Indiana restaurants have lost 20,000 employees since the pandemic hit. This comes despite that return of demand and reduced restrictions. InRLA says new restaurants may have an upper hand on servers because new places tend to bring a customer surge that they can collect on. Regardless, places like Wahlburgers in Carmel are still hiring before their grand opening on Monday.
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