While running a local restaurant has never been easy, the last few years have tested Harrisonburg’s restaurants — with a pandemic that kept people out of their dining rooms followed by difficulties in finding and keeping employees and then rising food costs.
Like many restaurants and retail stores across the country, Harrisonburg businesses have faced some challenges in finding — and keeping — employees this summer, although their experiences have been almost as diverse as the types of food and products they sell.
Harrisonburg restaurants are finding creative ways to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic – supporting not only themselves, but their customers and community, too. Magpie & Friends drive-thru market is one new service cheering up a now-eerily quiet downtown.
By Kyle Kirby, contributor The northern end of downtown Harrisonburg is abuzz with renovations, as more and more restaurants and businesses set up shop just north of Court Square. The Frame Factory established its Liberty Street location in 2016, and their neighbor Mashita, the local Korean food truck favorite, cut the ribbon on a brick-and-mortar …