Michigan restaurants still hurting from worker shortage, delta variant

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) – Michigan restaurants aren’t out of financial danger yet, according to new survey results.

Restaurants across the country took part in a national survey in early September and the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association released results from the state on Monday.

Results show the rebound in business for Michigan restaurants is slowing this fall, which operators blame on the ongoing worker shortage and concerns over rising COVID-19 delta variant case rates. Sales at a majority of restaurants haven’t fully recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we approach Michigan’s fall and winter seasons and see consumer trends move away from in-person dining due to colder weather outdoors and concerns about the delta variant, the recoil impact to the restaurant industry will be harsh, swift and very concerning,” said Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association President and CEO Justin Winslow.

Nearly a quarter of restaurants reported lower sales in August

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Here are the 2021 contest finalists

October is Pork Month, and the Iowa Pork Producers Association has announced its top five picks for the 2021 Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest.

The finalists, chosen by a panel of undercover judges, span the entire state. They are:

“As the judges went around the state this year, these are the restaurants that had those tenderloins that were hand breaded, they were really juicy tenderloins, and the presentation was really nice,” said Dal Grooms, communications director for the association.

The selection process began in the spring when tenderloin fans across the state were asked to nominate their favorite restaurants. There was no shortage of nominations: Nearly 6,000 were submitted for 526 different tenderloin locations.

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The association’s restaurant and food service committee reviewed the entries and sent undercover judges to the

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These popular restaurants were nearly gone for good. Here’s how they came back


Running a successful restaurant is tough at the best of times, whether it’s fine dining establishments, iconic diners and even behemoth chains. While many spots sadly shutter and disappear forever, there are some heartwarming stories of places that have been rescued by investors and, sometimes, by the customers who can’t bear the thought of losing them. Here are some of the restaurants that have come back from the brink.




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