Just over a year ago, Adam Rammel was struggling to find workers. The owner of local craft beer bar, Brewfontaine, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, was gearing up to open his new events and catering business, and the tight labor market was standing in the way of finding talent.

Fast forward to this fall, millions are out of work and talent is no longer a battle. Instead Rammel’s biggest challenge will be a Midwestern winter like no other due to the pandemic.

Rammel pivoted from operating the events space, instead making it a higher-end restaurant called The Syndicate. Meanwhile, his bar will be operating without the outdoor dining options that have kept him afloat for the last few months. Beyond that, Rammel’s facing a 10 p.m. curfew for last call serving drinks and is operating with limited seating capacity to adhere to social distancing requirements.


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