Short-Staffed Central Florida Businesses Brace For Busy New Year’s Eve – WESH 2 Orlando

New Year’s Eve is almost here, and lots of people are heading into Orlando for two big college football bowl games.For many companies, all of the business is a mixed blessing.Tornatore’s Cafe & Pizzeria in College Park is known for its personal service. But now, it’s very personal.”We are out working the counter doing everything we can to keep the place afloat,” Denny Tornatore, owner of Tornatore’s Cafe & Pizzeria in College Park, said.The owner said they have the customers. But they don’t have the staff.The owner said it’s a skeleton crew hit hard any time someone gets sick.”Lately, it’s been a nightmare,” Tornatore said. But now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who test positive only need to isolate for five days instead of 10 if they don’t show symptoms.”Hopefully, that reduces the time I’m losing staff on,” Tornatore said. COVID-19 caused staffing problems in the pet industry too. Brooke Blandford, the front supervisor at Woofgang Bakery & Grooming in Conway said groomers work in close quarters.Blandford said when an employee tests positive for COVID-19, Woofgang Bakery & Grooming Conway requires a negative COVID-19 test before an employee can return to work. Meanwhile, customers keep calling in. “COVID specifically, it’s been a boom in the pet industry. A lot of people got a dog while they were quarantined,” Blandford said. But Blandford said they do appreciate the business. They have been booked through the holidays.”We were double booked, triple booked, overbooked,” Blandford said. Some businesses like Johnny’s Fillin’ Station feel good about staff.”It kinda comes and goes,” Brian Minkel, general manager at Johnny’s Fillin’ Station, said.The general manager expects plenty of people to come in with the Citrus Bowl and Cheez-It Bowls in town. “There are a lot of crowds, especially in years past. It was like $110 million coming through for the bowl week. With the internet, UberEats, I’m sure we will see a lot of money coming through with that,” Minkel said. Many business owners WESH 2 News spoke to recommend you make one New Year’s resolution. “We plan on being really busy and really short-staffed. So please when you go out, be nice to your servers. Be nice to people because it’s not just us it’s every restaurant,” Tornatore said.

New Year’s Eve is almost here, and lots of people are heading into Orlando for two big college football bowl games.

For many companies, all of the business is a mixed blessing.

Tornatore’s Cafe & Pizzeria in College Park is known for its personal service. But now, it’s very personal.

“We are out working the counter doing everything we can to keep the place afloat,” Denny Tornatore, owner of Tornatore’s Cafe & Pizzeria in College Park, said.

The owner said they have the customers. But they don’t have the staff.

The owner said it’s a skeleton crew hit hard any time someone gets sick.

“Lately, it’s been a nightmare,” Tornatore said.

But now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who test positive only need to isolate for five days instead of 10 if they don’t show symptoms.

“Hopefully, that reduces the time I’m losing staff on,” Tornatore said.

COVID-19 caused staffing problems in the pet industry too.

Brooke Blandford, the front supervisor at Woofgang Bakery & Grooming in Conway said groomers work in close quarters.

Blandford said when an employee tests positive for COVID-19, Woofgang Bakery & Grooming Conway requires a negative COVID-19 test before an employee can return to work.

Meanwhile, customers keep calling in.

“COVID specifically, it’s been a boom in the pet industry. A lot of people got a dog while they were quarantined,” Blandford said.

But Blandford said they do appreciate the business. They have been booked through the holidays.

“We were double booked, triple booked, overbooked,” Blandford said.

Some businesses like Johnny’s Fillin’ Station feel good about staff.

“It kinda comes and goes,” Brian Minkel, general manager at Johnny’s Fillin’ Station, said.

The general manager expects plenty of people to come in with the Citrus Bowl and Cheez-It Bowls in town.

“There are a lot of crowds, especially in years past. It was like $110 million coming through for the bowl week. With the internet, UberEats, I’m sure we will see a lot of money coming through with that,” Minkel said.

Many business owners WESH 2 News spoke to recommend you make one New Year’s resolution.

“We plan on being really busy and really short-staffed. So please when you go out, be nice to your servers. Be nice to people because it’s not just us it’s every restaurant,” Tornatore said.