A restaurant owner in Pittsburgh blamed COVID on Wednesday after being forced to close its doors due to ongoing labor shortages and other economic problems stemming from the pandemic.
Ray Mikesell, owner of Cafe Raymond, joined “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the issues he faced and why he decided to close his business as a result.
“They just beat you up, so much so that…I’m not fighting them anymore and trying to stay open and hire people,” Mikesell told co-host Dana Perino. “It’s been… almost three years ago, and I just don’t have it in me at this point in my life. I’m passionate about what I do, but I just want it. I don’t want to do it this way. Lake.”
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Mikesell blames the pandemic for many of the problems he faces as an entrepreneur today, citing the struggle with labor shortages as demand continues to rise.
“It’s changed the world, the work ethic for everyone, a lot of young people,” Mikesell said. “I’m pulling my hair out, I can’t hire anyone. It doesn’t matter what you pay them or anything like that…whoever I hire, they’ll quit in two days.”
“A lot of people think I’m not busy,” he continued. “I’m busier than ever with a third of the staff, and there are times when I have to close while we’re open during prime business hours. I’m closed for 20 minutes because we’re out of plates, silverware, everything, coffee cups.”
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Mikesell said he will move his business to Montana in hopes of finding a new beginning for himself and his family.
“I get mad when I talk about it because I’ve invested my life in this,” Mikesell said. “But it’s at this level, it’s not worth it. It just falls on deaf ears when you talk to people.”