nationwide restaurant industry labor shortage is hitting one San Antonio bar right where it hurts: opening night.
Long-awaited tiki haven Hugman’s Oasis last week announced plans to open Friday, May 7, accepting reservations via online platform OpenTable. This week, however, the downtown bar's existing reservations were inexplicably cancelled.
Turns out, an extreme labor shortage is now forcing it to operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Social media posts show guests’ frustrations upon receiving cancellation emails from OpenTable, even though they made reservations nearly a week ago. Some who made reservations even said they were traveling from outside San Antonio to check out the new spot, making hotel or Airbnb reservations.
“Hugman’s Oasis will be open at 4pm on Friday,” Peña posted. “Hugman’s is currently not taking reservations but we will be opening on a first come first serve [sic] basis. Due to staff shortages nationwide we are unable to reserve tables at this moment in time. We look forward to seeing you!”
The Current reached out to Peña, who confirmed the the bar is no longer taking reservations.
Hugman’s Oasis is located at 135 E. Commerce St.
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