The Elmton now welcoming back dine-in customers
The Elmton in Struthers has been a staple in the Mahoning Valley for almost 80 years.
On Tuesday, they reopened their indoor dining room to customers after nearly 3 years of being carry-out only. The space was packed with loyal customers eager to sit in The Elmton again.
"We missed our customers and they missed coming in," said The Elm Owner, Jack Walters.
The excitement built on social media ahead of their grand dine-in reopening Tuesday, getting hundreds of likes and several comments from excited customers.
"When I went on social media and said I was going to open partially, it took off like crazy," Walters said. The Elmton will offer their bar dining room space for dine-in until they get enough staff to open up the entire restaurant. Carry-out will continue as usual.
From struggles of finding workers to the pandemic taking a hit on the restaurant industry, Owner Jack Walters said there will be limited serving until more people are hired.
"Now all of a sudden a bunch of people are coming out and applying for jobs where in two and a half years I've tried every avenue to find someone," Walters said.
A handful of customers told 21 News Tuesday how grateful they are to have the "beloved" and "classic" restaurant open.
With a new crew to train and getting back into the flow of welcoming dine-in customers, Walters said he hopes they can stay open this way indefinitely.
"All the people I have working now weren't here two and a half years ago when we were fully open so it's going to take a little bit of time to get them trained," he added. "That's why we're only partially opening."
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 needed.