JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – One local restaurant says it is ending its popular brunch for the foreseeable future as the county risk is frequently switched.
On Mother’s Day, one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, the pressure of continual opening and closing makes Jacksonville Inn owner Jerry Evans extremely frustrated.
“The government just makes it very difficult to be in business these days,” he said.
Evans has run the historic inn for 45 years. Typically, the Jacksonville Inn hosts 600 different reservations on Mother’s Day.
He says Mother’s Day was harder to plan because he and his staff had to cancel over 300 brunch reservations because Jackson County entered the extreme risk level.
Many had been done months in advance.
“Then, just days before Mother’s Day, they say we can open up again. Well, at this point you have 300 people wanting to make reservations and you can’t even speak to people that fast,” Evans said.
He says that keeping employees and hiring new employees is also a big problem: “You promote employees and no one shows up.”
He says he even had to give food away so it would not be wasted when there was a standstill and food closed indoors.
“It’s like a three-dimensional puzzle trying to put things back together and plan staff and supplies to cover the number of guests expected,” said Evans.
NBC5 news reporter Mariah Mills is from Medford. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also studied sociology.
At school, she reported on Oregon athletics for the student-run Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, reading, hiking, and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and Oregon Ducks.