Shortage of staff, rising energy prices… the period is difficult for Alsace restaurants and some are forced to close their doors during the winter.
The tables will soon no longer be set. In the Haut-Rhin, the managers of a hotel-restaurant in Metzeral have decided to close their establishment for six months to protect themselves against rising energy prices.
The price of gas multiplied by seven
In one year, the electricity bill has gone from 20,000 to 60,000 euros. The price of gas has been multiplied by seven. A rise in the price of energy to which are added the difficulties of recruitment.
“In seven generations, this is the first time that we have been forced to close because of the increase in energy and the lack of staff”, explains to BFM Alsace, Frédéric Kempf, head of the establishment and owner of the places for 17 years.
Due to a lack of staff, the three rooms of the restaurant cannot be filled on weekends. Death in the soul, the manager recognizes that he can no longer find his accounts there. “We cannot recover the shortfall of the week with the increase in energy”, he breathes.
Closed until May 1
The establishment will close on November 14 and until May 1, 2023. In the meantime, the news must be announced to customers of an establishment which has 19 rooms and 140 seats.
“As a rule, it passes, reports Séverine Kempf, co-manager and room manager. But it’s hard to have to say that we are going to close, because we believe that the company is not viable during this period. -the.”
The future, the two managers are already considering it. They do not rule out the idea of a temporary annual closure. “We may be seasonal, we may only work there from Easter and until All Saints’ Day, like twenty years ago”, suggests Frédéric Kempf.
And if the rooms and dining rooms are unoccupied for a good part of the year, the catering service, set up during confinement, an already heavy period for catering professionals, remains functional. The two managers are also continuing their tour of the markets, three days a week.