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A ‘Perfect Storm’ Leaves Hamptons Restaurants Scrambling for Staff

A lack of housing, better jobs elsewhere, and traffic are causing headaches for some longtime eateries.

K Pasa stands to lose 30% of its summer revenue unless additional staff can be recruited.

K Pasa stands to lose 30% of its summer revenue unless additional staff can be recruited.

Source: K Pasa

Later this year, the iconic Amagansett seafood shack Lobster Roll will open the first new location in its 55-year history. The outpost will have the same name and occupy the former Silver Lining Diner on the Montauk Highway in Southampton, N.Y. 

It’s not opening to summer crowds, however. The Lobster Roll will wait until September to begin welcoming customers, in part because there isn’t enough staff. One of the owners, Tilray Inc. Chief Executive Officer Irwin Simon, suggested opening on July 1 to cater to high-season demand, but that wasn’t an option. “Even if there [were] staff, they’ll all have jobs by then,” says co-owner Andrea Anthony.