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Slyman's Tavern temporarily closes Mentor location due to labor shortage

The business announced the closure on social media Tuesday.

MENTOR, Ohio — As the state of Ohio and the nation continues to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many local businesses continue to be impacted by labor shortages. 

On Tuesday, popular Northeast Ohio staple Slyman's Tavern announced the temporary closing of its Mentor location. 

"We have made the extremely difficult decision to temporarily close our Mentor restaurant, located at 7601 Mentor Ave as of today, September 14th. Unfortunately the nationwide labor shortage has forced us to close our doors," the business wrote in a post on its Facebook page. 

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The restaurant went on to explain that "thankfully," they were able to offer all their employees positions at other Slyman's locations.

"We truly appreciate our Ioyal customers and our wonderful team for their constant dedication and support. We look forward to serving you at our other Slyman’s Tavern locations in Independence and Orange," the post continues. 

A survey from the Ohio Restaurant Association released in June, found that 91% of its members were dealing with staffing shortages, and a vast majority (89%) blamed extended unemployment benefits.

With the benefits expiring over the Labor Day holiday, some economists believed it would help businesses dealing with a worker shortage, however many business that 3News spoke with were not optimistic.

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