It’s Your Business | Restaurants open despite hiring challenge | Entrepreneurs

Allen Strong has been in the local restaurant business for more than four decades and says he’s never seen anything like the difficulty he’s having hiring right now.

Both his Urbana restaurants, Silvercreek and Courier Cafe, are currently open for about half their pre-pandemic hours due to the staffing shortage, and his current staff is working overtime, Strong said.

He could probably hire 20 people right now if that was possible, Strong said.

Silvercreek is currently open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. The main dining room is open for those who want to sit there, Strong said, but most people want to sit in the greenhouse or outdoors when the weather is nice.

Strong said he’d hoped to reopen Silvercreek for Sunday brunch back in May but hasn’t been able to do that, again, due to the staff shortage.

At Courier Cafe, the dining room…

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