Raleigh, N.C. — As restaurants and bars reopen with increased capacity, they face another challenge — a staffing shortage.

Across the Triangle, places are in hiring mode, but not many people answering the call. Experts say unemployment benefits could be a factor, as those in the hospitality industry might be making more off benefits than working a 40-hour week.

For popular places, like the Raleigh Times in downtown Raleigh, hiring staff has been difficult.

“It’s everywhere,” said Raleigh Times owner Greg Hatem. “Front of the house, back of the house [and] management in Raleigh and Durham.”

Hatem owns nine restaurants across the Triangle with 75 open positions. They’ve been hiring about one or two people a week, including new

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