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Hard to eat out or in if the food isn’t delivered


October 13, 2021

SLIDERS CAFE- This photo taken shortly after restaurants opened back up shows how much we all enjoy eating out. Hopefully food supply chain can keep the doors open. -Photo by Ken Stern

When Pat Ball of the Slider Café visited the wholesale US Food warehouse store in Burlington last summer, all he saw were empty shelves.

“It looked like they were going out of business,” he said.

Ball and David Kas of The Fork at Skagit Bay are two among millions of restaurant owners at the receiving end of COVID-19-induced supply chain and transportation problems. Mustard, catsup and caramel are out of stock one week. The next it’s toilet paper, pizza boxes and straws. Or they are on back order. Or they are shown on the shipping manifest, but are not on the truck.

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