York County eating places ‘reinvent the wheel’ to cope with provide chain, staffing troubles

Many York County restaurants are being forced to “reinvent the wheel” after COVID-19 — creating new strategies to bring more customers in the door and keep their businesses afloat.

Changes to the supply and demand chain for restaurant ingredients have forced some owners to revamp their menu or eliminate certain options, including for Sean Arnold, the co-owner of The Left Bank.

“We’re trying to do little things, and we’re trying to do big things,” Arnold said. “I think the biggest thing in terms of us and the industry and independent restaurants is that it’s not a one day, one weekend type of thing. We need people in the door every day, every week.”

Though staffing has been a challenge for many restaurant owners, The Left Bank is in decent shape, with much of the kitchen and waitstaff returning to work after COVID-19 restrictions lifted, Arnold said.

More hands could always be appreciated, especially if multiple workers need to take off in a given week, he added.

“There’s places where we could use another bartender, another person in the kitchen or another dishwasher,” Arnold said. “Right now we just have enough. But if one or two people took off we’d be in dire straits for that weekend to work out service.”

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