| THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2021
Up and down, up and down.
The past year-and-a-half has been a roller coaster of emotions, says Paul Gabriel, co-owner of Browndog Barlor & Restaurant, the restaurant, bar, and ice cream parlor with locations in downtown Northville and downtown Farmington. While the Browndog in Northville has managed to stay open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the Farmington location that has been especially hit hard these past 18 months.
After closing and then reopening and then closing again, Gabriel and the Browndog team are ready to open in Farmington once more — if they can find the staff. Throughout the pandemic, finding and hiring employees has become an issue for bars and restaurants across the United States and Browndog is no different. It’s what forced them to close in 2020, Gabriel says, and it’s what is preventing them from reopening in 2021.
They even got to the point of closing the Farmington location altogether.
“You know, an empty building is very expensive. So we tried to sell our building. We even had a buyer and then that fell through. Now we’re back to hiring,” Gabriel says.
“But we didn’t want to sell to begin with — Farmington has been good to us.”