Local restaurant sees an uptick in business, facing worker shortage

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SLOCOMB, Ala. (WDHN) — Zack’s Family Restaurant, an award-winning southern buffet, experienced a tough year like many other restaurants during the height of the pandemic.

“It was very challenging during the pandemic, but we’re very pleased now that business is coming back its really 100 percent now,” Owner Curt Ausley said.

Employees say two big contributing factors to the increase in business were loyal customers and summer business.

The restaurant is in a convenient location right off Highway 52 in Slocomb — which is a major route for beachgoers.

“This is definitely our busiest time of the year during the summertime,” He said. “Everybody is coming in town to check out produce stands and people are on vacation so we definitely see an uptick in business during the summertime.”

Although the increase in business is a blessing for the restaurant, it still faces a setback. A help wanted sign is in the window.

Owner Curt Ausley says they lost a few employees during the pandemic but he’s grateful the majority of his employees came back to work.

“Right now we have 12 we usually need 15 or 16 but our core employees have been here forever since we been here and we bought this business five years ago,” Ausley said. “It has been a struggle to find additional help though, it is getting a little better but it’s not back to where it needs to be.”

Ausley says if you’re looking for a job and want to work in a family-friendly and delicious-smelling atmosphere, visit their website, their Facebook, or drop in for an application.

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