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Food Service Industry Is Still Struggling During the Pandemic

“It’s harder to get cleaning supplies, so we are trying to stay stocked and ahead of that.”
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 7:04 PM EDT
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AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine (WAGM) - It’s not exactly business as usual here at the Irish Setter Pub. But it’s getting there.

“We are doing better than I had initially thought we would do, but then again the cost of food has gone way up, and the availability of getting things are harder, it’s harder to get paper towels, it’s harder to get cleaning supplies, so we are trying to stay stocked and ahead of that.”

Deborah Gustin, owner of Irish Setter Pub

Meanwhile at the Houlton Big Stop Restaurant, they say they are seeing less than half the sales they normally do, and that’s coming at a cost.

“We’re used to seeing 4 to 5,000 dollar days here in the summer at least and we went from that to half of that, and for labor and to be opening, it’s really costing us money.”

Ashley Clark, General Manager of Houlton Big Stop Restaurant

Up in Fort Kent, the owner of Rock’s Family Diner says they have actually seen the opposite.

“When we had to shut down and just do take out, we became very very busy with our take out. Because of that, people got to try our food or whatever, and our take out now is extremely busy. We’re busy inside with our dining, we’re busy with our take out.”

Sandra Pinette, owner of Rock's Family Diner

All three restaurants say they are not sure what the fall holds. But they’re working hard to get back to their new normal.

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