Restaurants prepare to increase business with SU and Le Moyne graduation

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR – TV) – Francesca’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Liverpool has plenty of experience when it comes to busy days at the restaurant.

“Day to day this place is non-stop, very busy all winter long, we have a lot of business,” said Jeremy Mathers, “And obviously it picks up once the weather starts to get better. ‘better in spring and summer.’

With this coming weekend in particular, warm weather brings graduation and a serious bump in business.

“Obviously it brings a lot of restorations every day, our notice board is already full and we have taken countless people, probably more than 50 restorations for the next two days to come.”

In the past, not only the rush of people was a challenge, but also the hot weather. Mathers says they usually have to stop taking catering orders 2-3 days in advance so that everything is done in time for graduation weekend.

“Saturday and Sunday are going to be very crazy because it’s going to be over 80 degrees and food orders are going to be non-stop all day,” he said.

“Put on all the mics, takeouts and restaurants, so it’ll be tough, but we’ll get through it.”

In terms of challenges, the only one Mathers mentioned was the shortage of supply, not only in terms of personnel, but also of products.

“Obviously with the COVID pandemic and the shortages, not just with the shortages of employees, but with the food and the product, that’s the big deal.”

“Making sure everything is done in-house so that we can prepare and deliver all products on time,” he said. “That’s the biggest challenge.”

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