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.


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.


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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