Restaurant Staff Fatigued by Labor Shortage, Yelled at Over Mask Rules

  • Restaurant staff are continuing to struggle with the labor shortage and pandemic working conditions.
  • “Every cook I know is overworked,” Brandon Medina, a line cook, told The Seattle Times.
  • A worker at a different restaurant suffered stress-induced eczema and decide to quit. 

A severe labor shortage, combined with the impact of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, has left restaurant workers struggling to cope. 

The Seattle Times reported that many workers in the city’s eateries are exhausted. They’re taking on extra work to counteract staff shortages, but also have nobody to cover shifts when they want to take a day off.  

Workers across the country have been leaving their jobs at high rates. About 75% of independent restaurants said they were struggling to attract staff. Some have had to temporarily close because of staff shortages, Insider’s Kevin Shalvey reported.

Brandon Medina, a Seattle line cook at Ethan

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Beloved Beth’s Cafe near Seattle’s Green Lake to ‘temporarily’ close after Labor Day

The restaurant is closing temporarily following Labor Day after struggling to bring business back.

SEATTLE — Fans of the breakfast mainstay Beth’s Cafe in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood have just a few more days to enjoy its massive 12-egg omelets and iconic décor.

The café posted on Facebook Friday it would be closing temporarily after Labor Day. The closure comes about two months after the café reopened following an initial shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We did our best,” the café’s post reads, adding that its modified hours and the continuous pandemic were likely to blame for the lack of business.

The café expects to be back in the next three to six months “or whenever [COVID-19] is more under control,” according to its Facebook page.

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Beth Eisenstadt founded the

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