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August 31, 2021

‘COVID really messed everything up’: How the Labor Shortage has Shaken the Downtowner

Jackson Newspapers – A “help wanted” sign has lived in the Downtowner’s front window for a year. Before the COVID pandemic began, the restaurant had seven employees. Now it has four. Two, not including the owners. Read the full article.

Dave and Melissa took over the restaurant nine years ago. The American homestyle restaurant survived the pandemic, but it hasn’t operated the same since. 

On March 18, co-owners Dave and Melissa Adkins had to shut their doors after Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order for restaurants to close their dining rooms. It took them a couple days to figure out how their business would work in the coming months, and soon they told all of their employees to file for unemployment. 

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