Big Anchorage restaurants say business is booming, but hiring struggle lingers

Restaurant hosts at 49th State Brewing Company answer incoming calls from several different phones, while also taking names from a line of customers wanting to dine in at the restaurant. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

The line of people wanting a table at 49th State Brewing Company on a recent weekday evening snaked out the door and onto the sidewalk in downtown Anchorage.

Inside, four hostesses triaged the crowd: Answering questions, answering phone calls, directing customers to the bar and taking names for tables. The wait was about 90 minutes, and it was only 5 p.m. on a Thursday.

Hostess Rosabella Cebrian said this feels like the new normal.

“Super busy, so many people, you can hardly hear anything,” she said.

Server Katie Grato brings water to a large table on a Wednesday evening in July at 49th State Brewing. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Across the city, owners and staff at big restaurants say business is booming. There are crowds, long…

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