“It was difficult”: Oskaloosa restaurant owners weigh in on pandemic-fueled shortages

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 6:15 PM CDT
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Michael Glesener and Matthew Gunn have owned the Wood Iron Grille in Oskaloosa for nearly three years.

Two of those, amid a pandemic.

“It was difficult. We had new menu items and it had just kind of gained some traction and we were getting some good lunch business. People were really enjoying the new lunch items and then we just had to cold turkey stop it,” Glesener said of the changes. The two had hoped to expand their business but, the pandemic had other plans.

After recently offering lunch options on Friday’s and Saturday’s, it was all cut too short due to staffing issues.

“The number one thing that we could do is just shut down more hours and try to survive on what we are open,” Gunn explained. Even when you see a full house when coming to dine at the golf course, both Glesener and Gunn just ask for some patience.

He says, “For us, everything is made to order. Everything is fresh ingredients here. We do not do frozen anything. So, it’s hard to fill up an entire restaurant with short staffing, especially in the kitchen.”

Right now, the Wood Iron Grille has several opening positions looking to be filled. But until then, the owners say it may take a bit longer for food to come out and for guests to be seated at their tables. For those looking to apply, you can contact the Wood Iron Grille for more information.

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