Help wanted: Restaurants struggle to find workers

Local restaurants and fast food establishments have been struggling to find enough workers to maintain hours and dining options. Most report they're at about half the staff of normal operations. Some have cut the hours they are open. Some have closed lobbies and indoor dining.

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October 1, 2021 - 5:04 PM

A & W Restaurant in Iola made changes to its drive-through procedures that have improved service time. The business is still looking to hire workers, though. From left, regional general manager Jim Gribble, Haley Crockett and Ginger Burton. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

If it came down to it, King’s Sandwich Shop owner Kyle King could run his business by himself and one other person.

Ever since his grandfather, Harley King, started the business in 1957, it has kept that same small-business, family feel. Generally, at this time of year King will have between six and nine employees. 

Lately, though, he’s been running it with just four.

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