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221 Main Restaurant & Cocktail House in St. Joseph, is pictured Tuesday. Until recently, co-owner Robert Montgomery said they had been dodging the virus successfully for two years.

Between short staffing and high COVID-19 transmission, Southwest Michigan restaurants can’t seem to catch a break.

Several restaurants have had to shut their doors temporarily after staff tested positive for the coronavirus following the holiday season.

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DogSlinger in Stevensville, is pictured Tuesday. The owners, who gave their staff time off over the holidays, had to delay their opening from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11.

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Happy Poochie Eatery in Benton Harbor, closed briefly after some staff called in sick. The sandwich shop has a small crew, making even a few absences tough to manage.

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