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November 9, 2021

Downtown Worcester restaurant closes until further notice due to staff problem

Photo | Courtesy of Mark Henderson Shawarma Palace on Main Street in Worcester

Worcester restaurant Shawarma Palace has closed until further notice due to a staffing problem, the company has posted on its website.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on Tuesday as to what the staffing problem was, nor did anyone at the restaurant answer the company’s phone line.

The local social media website first reported the news.

The entire hospitality industry has been troubled by staffing shortages throughout the coronavirus pandemic, first as they shut down in the early phases due to various gathering restrictions, and now as restaurants struggle to find workers for open positions.

Shawarma Palace moved from its Pleasant Street location and into a vacant restaurant space at 20 Franklin St., a building owned by the Worcester Business Development Corp., last fall. The restaurant, owned by Charles Dalli, opened in 2014 and specializes in both shawarma and other Mediterranean fare.

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November 11, 2021
Ever thought maybe the poor guy has worked himself to near death and is is having serious personal issues that demand his attention more than feeding endlessly demanding patrons? There's more to life than work people.
November 11, 2021
So sad.
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