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Growing numbers of people are ready to get back to dining out, but restaurants are struggling to find staff. Some restaurant owners tell GBH News' Liz Neisloss that workers are opting for steady unemployment income over uncertain restaurant hours because the guaranteed income is a "no brainer."
The long pandemic layoff has also spurred many restaurant workers to drop out of the industry and try other work. Nancy Batista Caswell - who owns "Oak+Rowan" in Boston's Seaport district and is about to reopen "Brine" in Newburyport - is juggling what staff she has and says COVID restrictions also make it harder to train people from scratch.
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