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‘Health over wealth’: Restaurants reducing hours to avoid overworking employees amid worker shortage

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Many restaurant employees are working up to 80 hours a week amid a worker shortage.

To keep their mental health in check, owners are starting to close their businesses one to two days a week.

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Though business is booming at Tornatore’s in College Park, the Italian market and restaurant will no longer be open on Sundays because it doesn’t have enough workers to handle all the orders.

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The owner posted the message on the restaurant and market’s Facebook page that they “do not want to over work our incredible staff … so we choose health over wealth.”

Nearly every restaurant has been impacted by the worker shortage. College Park, especially, is taking a big hit.

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The RusTeak location there closed down, and Local is looking for cooks. The owner of Local said he’s been working more than 100 hours a week, single-handedly preparing all of Local’s food, open to close, seven days a week.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.