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Staff shortage forces Surfside Beach restaurant to temporarily close

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — Nearly two years into the pandemic, local restaurants are still grappling with the fallout from the closure and staffing shortages.

Malibu of Surfside has called Surfside Drive home for almost eight years. The restaurant is family owned and operated.

“My mother started all the recipes with her great-aunt,” said Giovanni Massari. “These are 135-year-old recipes that we have kept within our family. My brother does all the cooking and preparations. He is there in the early morning and I am the face in front of the house, the prankster.

Giovanni Massari’s family decided to temporarily close the doors of their restaurant on Saturday due to a “serious lack of staff”.

Massari said the business was used to seeing around 150 customers a night and even had to turn away customers because it was so busy.

“It’s definitely a bit depressing,” he said. “It’s hard to put your ambitions and passions on hold because of this situation. It’s literally a recipe for disaster to have to close doors, suspend sales and hold on to a product you really need to get rid of.

Because the restaurant is mostly run by family members, he said it was difficult when even a few employees were sick.

“It’s hard enough on the family what we’re doing here,” Massari said. “We spend probably 140 hours a week combined as a family.”

The family hopes to reopen on February 4, but will push the date later if necessary to ensure the safety of family and employees.

“Being mostly family, it’s hard to risk that for just a moment,” Massari said. “If someone feels even remotely ill, prevention is better than cure.”