SAMS VALLEY, Ore. -- With Governor Brown making the announcement that counties who were in Extreme Risk can now move to High Risk starting on Friday, that is leaving many restaurants scrambling to get ready to reopen on Friday.
“Well, the impact of everything we just threw away last week because we thought this was going to be three weeks. And then, you know, now we have to reorder so much stuff to get back in here, which in, get ahold of all the employees, get them back online, get the scheduling back in order,” said Monte Martin, owner of Triple Tree Restaurant in Central Point.
Triple Tree Restaurant is a local breakfast, lunch and dinner spot that has been open for more than 20 years. They are also home to the annual Frog Races, which are exactly what the name implies. The races have been a staple for more than 20 years, but the event was canceled this year due to the pandemic.
Martin has been the owner for nine years. Throughout the pandemic he and his staff had to make a number of changes to help them stay afloat.
“Our staff is the biggest part. We went from seven to 10 staff members, employees, and then to almost 20 employees. And they're getting tired. They're getting restless on the job, off the job, looking for different areas to look for jobs where they don't have to go through this,” Martin adds.
His restaurant was closed all last week due to Jackson County being in the Extreme Risk category. Martin said his restaurant will reopen on Friday.
“I think we all need to stick together. I think it's time. We all just need to stick together and, you know, the people want to come in and….they should be allowed to do so,” Martin said.