Basil’s Cafe, Long Beach MS closes during COVID pandemic

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Those craving their favorite Vietnamese and Thai dishes will find Basil’s Cafe to be among the restaurants on the coast that have had to close because the owners can’t find help.

A notice posted Jan. 22 on Facebook alerted customers that the restaurant is temporarily closed due to a shortage of workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, now in its fifth wave.

Customers have responded with comments such as “Hope you find the staff you need” and “Noooooo! You’re all my favorite restaurant!”

The Thai restaurant at 5130 Beatline Road in Long Beach has been named one of the Sun Herald’s Top 15 New Restaurants for 2021.

“The Thai and Vietnamese cuisine is simple and spectacular,” the reviewer said, “and I always make sure to order at least three entrees.”

It is known for its curry dishes and the Sun Herald also cited Basil’s young waiters for being “always friendly and attentive”.

This is the latest Coast restaurant that has been forced to close due to high cases of COVID-19 and a shortage of people wanting to work in the restaurant industry since the pandemic.

Fast-food restaurants have been the hardest hit, and many have only opened the drive-up window because they can’t find enough employees to also open the dining room.

Restaurants are busier than ever on the Mississippi Coast as businesses struggle to find and keep help. Restaurant and bar traffic in Long Beach soared in 2021, according to data from SafeGraph.

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Basil’s Cafe on Beatline Road in Long Beach was named one of the best restaurants on the coast in 2021, but is closed in early 2022 due to a labor shortage. Julien Brunt Special for the Sun Herald

Mary Perez has won awards for her articles on business and casinos for the Sun Herald. She also writes about Biloxi, jobs and new restaurants and developments coming to the coast. She’s a fourth-generation journalist.

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