BOSTON (CBS) – Before a busy Mother’s Day, the problem for restaurants isn’t getting customers through the door, it’s finding staff ready to work.
Around this time last year, Tresca in the North End of Boston was starving for business at the height of the pandemic.
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With the available vaccine COVID-19, people go out to eat again, especially on Mother’s Day.
“It was really crazy. People came in droves, ”said Rich Ansara, chef and co-owner of Tresca. “I’ve answered my phone, my personal phone like probably ten times today – people looking for tables.”
The problem now is to find people willing to work on that booked and busy vacation.
“I’m pretty worried because I do it myself with the family, but we don’t have the help,” said Claudia Spagnuolo of Spagnuolo’s Restaurant. “We could use all the help.”
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Florists also rely on special occasions like Mother’s Day to pay the bills all year round. But prices are rising due to a lack of flowers.
“It’s not that flowers are so little available. It’s just that you can’t get the stuff because people want it! Which one is great, right? This is what you want People want to buy flowers, people want to make each other happy, ”said Rick Canale of Exotic Flowers Boston.
It finally feels safer to celebrate mom and just make it through.
“To earn money. People are coming back, tourism is increasing, ”said Spagnuolo. “Hopefully people aren’t afraid to come back.”
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The upside is that people are going out and spending their money helping these companies make up for what they lost last year.