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Ohio Restaurant Association: Over 100 restaurants closed due to staffing issues and inflation

COLUMBUS — Inflation is hitting the restaurant industry hard.

John Barker, the President and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association, said restaurants are struggling with staffing shortages and inflation not only here in Ohio but nationwide, according to our news partner WBNS in Columbus.

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More than 100 restaurants in Ohio have closed in the last year strictly due to staffing shortages or inflation, he told WBNS.

“We’ve lost over five million people in the workforce across the United States,” said Barker.

To accommodate for the workload, restaurants are paying employees more, WBNS reports. One restaurant owner in Columbus says the only solution is if people come out for a job.

“Every week an announcement is coming across the state of members who might have had four restaurants, now they’re going to have three,” Barker said.

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