After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, an iconic Struthers restaurant is planning to resume sit-down dining later this month.

The City of Struthers has shared a message from Elmton owner Jack Walters announcing that he plans to open the inside of the restaurant to customers on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

As far back as May 2019, The Elmton cut back its lunch hours because it became difficult to find reliable workers.

In the summer of 2020 in the throes of the pandemic, the restaurant suspended dine-in service, continuing take out.

Even with plans to resume dine-in offerings, Walters says there will be limited serving at the bar area until more people are hired.

Dine-in hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Carry-out hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are not being taken.

“We are looking forward to seeing our customers we have missed the last couple of years,” said Walters who urges customers to be patient with staff, some of who are new.  “It has been very tough trying to reopen due not finding the staff we need and hope to be able to up and running to full capacity very soon.”