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Long-running Virginia Beach restaurant temporarily closes due to understaffing and rising costs


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A restaurant in Virginia Beach is temporarily closing because it cannot find enough people to work.

Brass Bell Steakhouse located on Independence Boulevard and Pleasure House Road does not plan to reopen until September, when unemployment benefits end. They said staff shortages and rising costs led to the decision.

The restaurant has been around for 43 years, but it is temporarily closed.

“You can only get this far with so few people,” said Jack Davis, managing director.

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Davis said they had the customers but not enough staff. Hiring new employees was not easy either.

“I was getting maybe three to four to five applications a week and then 99% of the time that person never showed up for the interview,” he said.

They struggled to keep up with demand and even changed restaurant hours to stay afloat with the employees they have.

“We have to be open day and night for this business to be successful,” Davis said. “As it stands, we’re just going to put the staff we have on the ground.

On top of that, Davis said they face higher product costs and sometimes limited availability.

“Our prices have doubled on a lot of things,” he said. “It’s just hard to fight that without raising the prices to such an extent that the customer can’t afford to come in. “

Brass Bell hopes they will be able to hire full staff once the increased unemployment benefits expire.

Davis said it was a short-term loss for long-term success.

“It’s not the first time we’ve faced adversity, but you know what, we’re coming back stronger and we plan to do it as soon as we can get enough people back here to do it,” he said. -he declares.

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