Restaurant forced to close as hospitality industry 'on its knees'

By Kate Lally

A much-loved restaurant has closed temporarily as the "hospital industry is on its knees".

In a heartfelt Facebook post, the team behind The Seafood Kitchen- on Liverpool Road, Crosby - wrote: "Unfortunately we have had to temporarily close for the coming week or so due to staffing issues.

"As most of you are probably aware, the hospitality industry is on its knees with staffing and delivery issues.

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"Due to a chronic staffing shortage at The Seafood Kitchen we have been left with no choice to close for the time being until this has been resolved.

"We need to ensure when we do reopen, that we have a full staff quota so that we can stay open rather than trying to remain open with skeletal staff.

"To say the last few weeks has been stressful would be an understatement, with huge after-effects still affecting our industry.

"Please continue to support all the other local independents in the area, chances are they are experiencing similar circumstances to ourselves behind the scenes and would appreciate your kindness too.

"Many thanks for your continued support, we will be back as soon as humanly possible."

Many people rushed to comment on the post.

One woman wrote: "Such a shame to know how much our local businesses are struggling at the moment, hopefully things will improve soon."

Another said: "We had an amazing meal here last week, can't wait for you to reopen."

A man wrote: "Looks like those fine oysters will have to be put on hold. Sad times man."

The restaurant is hopeful it can reopen soon.

Shortages across the UK have seen venues forced to close or reduce trading hours, while a widely reported lack of HGV drivers has resulted in shortages of some ingredients and products, The Caterer reports.

The director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned the staff shortage could last for up to two years.

Director-general Tony Danker said: "In the UK, many overseas workers left during the pandemic affecting sectors including hospitality, logistics and food processing. And new immigration rules make replacing those who left more complex."

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