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Restaurants Continue Their Long Haul Out of the Pandemic

Karen Richards

The U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials brought extra shoppers and diners to Eugene. Then, Oregon’s COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, allowing for greater capacity. But it’s still a long haul back to normal for some businesses.


Nils Stark is co-owner of Cornucopia, which has three pub-style locations in Eugene and Springfield. He said Fourth of July weekend was their busiest time yet this year, but they’re not fully open, because they’re short staffed.

“When we reopened last May, we cut back our hours and eliminated breakfast from our service," he said, "and we don’t have any intention of adding that back any time soon.”


Stark said with so many restaurants opening back up, there are lots of available jobs and not enough applicants, especially for kitchen help. He said he doesn’t expect Cornucopia to be back to normal business until next spring. Some pandemic changes will be permanent, he thinks, like takeout and delivery and expanded outdoor seating.  

Karen Richards has been a KLCC reporter since the fall of 2012.
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