Tap & Vine in Wallingford feared it would have to shut its doors last Sunday as the restaurant struggled to find enough help to open.
Now, it looks like Tap & Vine will be able to remain open after job candidates came forward to fill the openings for a chef and a line cook.
Hector Samuel, the owner of Tap & Vine, posted on Facebook Monday that some good applicants have come forward and they are interviewing job candidates.
Instead of closing its doors, Tap & Vine will close for two weeks to hire staff, clean, repaint and “re-charge our batteries,” the post says.
This comes after Samuel announced on the restaurant’s Facebook earlier this month that Tap & Vine has been short on cooks and people were not looking for work. The restaurant was down to just one cook and said one person could not prepare enough food fast enough to satisfy anyone’s standards.
As the offers to help came pouring in, some applications did too.
On Monday, the owner of Tap & Vine posted a thank you messages and said a miracle happened.
Scott Dolch, president and CEO of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, said earlier this month that customer demand is up, but restaurants are having a difficult time because of a shortage of workers and also supply chain issues and costs.