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Labor and supply chain issues lead to restaurants closing temporarily

Arizona’s restaurant industry continues to face struggles as some have temporarily closed or reduced hours over the summer. 

Supply chain issues, food prices and labor shortages continue to plague businesses.

It’s at a rate Arizona Restaurant Association President Steve Chucri has not seen in his 20 years in the business.

“What we are trying to do is keep our restaurants operational, keep the standard of quality there, try to maintain and navigate through supply chain issues and labor issues to the best of our ability and do what we do best and that is serve our customers," Chucri said. 

Chucri added the trend is not a sign of desperation and instead is a response to market demand.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.