Wis. restaurants don’t expect business to return to normal for awhile, survey finds

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Most Wisconsin restaurant operators don’t expect business conditions to return to normal anytime soon, according to a new survey released Thursday.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association stated that seven in 10 restaurants think it will take over a year before things go back to normal. Fifteen percent think it will take between 7-12 months, while 11% say business conditions will never go back to normal for their establishment.

An overwhelming majority of Wisconsin restaurants surveyed also said they were facing a worker shortage, even though they have added back many jobs lost during the pandemic. Around 93% say they don’t have enough employees to support their existing customer demand.

These restaurants also note the surge in COVID-19 cases, fueled by the Delta variant, have negatively affected their business. Nearly seven in ten restaurants surveyed say customer demand has declined for indoor dining over the recent weeks, as a…

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