Door County hospitality businesses are adapting to a post-pandemic labor shortage and a high-demand tourism season this summer. Dylan Kwaterski from the Florian II Lakeside Supper Club in Baileys Harbor says adding more outdoor seating and a remodeled “Harbar” with a food truck has helped to accommodate more customers in a relaxed atmosphere. He says the limited seating capacity inside due to COVID restrictions last year set the stage for more waterfront activities being held outside this summer.
Over 200 people are expected this holiday weekend to pack the lawn at the Florian II. Kwaterski adds that the family-owned and operated business includes the Blue Ox across the street that shares employees to cover work shifts. He notes the loss of workers from the J-1 Visa program as a challenge all Door County businesses have experienced this summer. The Florian II Supper Club has been open since 1973, and the family restaurant dates back to 1956. Dylan’s father Joe and his twin brother Jerry currently own the business begun by their parents Florian and Ada Kwaterski.