Monday, August 2

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I own 2 Hamptons hot spots that are busier than ever — but the worker shortage is crushing us

Zach Erdem is the owner of 75 Main and Blu Mar, two eateries in Southampton, New York. Since reopening in June, Erdem says he's struggled to find workers despite increasing the hourly pay. Here's what hiring has been like for him post-pandemic, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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I own 2 Hamptons hot spots that have been booked solid for a month. People will do just about anything to snag a table, from flashing cash to pretending they know me.

Zach Erdem is the owner of 75 Main and Blu Mar, two hotspot restaurant and bar destinations in Southampton, New York. His restaurants reopened at full capacity on June 1, and have been booked solid ever since. Here's what it's like running his restaurants post-pandemic, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Reopening my restaurants felt as if we'd all suddenly been released from a year-long cage, and now everyone is trying to make up for lost time. The Hamptons are filled with people who aren't used to hearing'no.' With much fewer restaurants, bars, and clubs than places like Manhatt...