Community Helps Wallingford Restaurant Stay Open | Connecticut News

WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) – A restaurant in Wallingford that was at risk of closing due to the pandemic is now getting the help it needs.

The “Tap and Vine” dealt with personnel issues.

Now, after help from the community and other restaurants, the restaurant will remain open.

“I think if you look at previous interviews I’ve done with Channel 3, I wasn’t smiling and today I’m smiling,” said owner Hector Samuel.

After 18 difficult months, Samuel said he can finally sleep at night. After getting the help he needs to keep Tap and Vine open, “it’s been a huge weight on my shoulders.”

Like many restaurants during the pandemic, the owner of Tap and Vine was facing a staff shortage.

“It got to the point where it just wasn’t viable anymore,” Samuel said.

After working in the restaurant industry for 43 years, Samuel said closing his first restaurant was not an option and he appealed for help on social media.

Since then, he has received several applications. Fill three open positions he has.

Now he is preparing to interview more staff this week.

“For the first time in 18 months, we are complete.

Although he got the help he needed, Samuel said they would be closing for two more weeks while they worked on training new staff.

They will reopen on December 1st.

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