Recently the well-known family owned business L’Osteria Mondello closed their Ristorante portion of their business.
The business is located on Stillwater Avenue and housed both a “Pizzeria” and a “Ristorante.” Currently because of inability to hire adequate staffing for the ristorante portion of the business, they moved forward with closing this part of their business to focus purely on the Pizzeria.
This has become a common struggle for Cheyenne businesses. The beloved Mitchell’s Barbecue restaurant which resided in Cheyenne’s downtown closed when it did because it struggled with staffing. 2 Doors Down used to have two locations in Cheyenne, one on Dell Range and two businesses downtown. With the same staffing concerns the owners decided to consolidate their business into one, keeping only of the one location’s downtown operating.
In the future, more businesses may revamp their business model’s like L’Osteria Modello. Additionally, businesses in the area which are a part of larger chains like Olive Garden have adopted the use of technology to help with some basic duties of service staff. Over time it will become more common as technologies become accessible for local small businesses. One example of this is The Ballroom, a new cocktail lounge downtown, uses iPad’s to take orders.
What are your thoughts on the use of technology in restaurants?