Pizza sales soar at restaurants across Grand Rapids

Rinaldi’s Pizza and Subs is struggling to find the staff to keep up with demand.

GRAND RAPIDS, me. – At Mr. Pizza in Grand Rapids, they sell between 170 and 200 orders on an average night. But this week was far from average.

“This week we’ve been to the 220, 230 ticket area a few times,” says owner Jacob Schoonmaker.

Pizza sales are booming in Grand Rapids, and Schoonmaker believes there could be a number of reasons.

“The stimulus check, Saint Patrick’s Day, March Madness, is always a big month for restaurants like us,” he says.

And it’s not just Mr. Pizza. Rinaldi’s Pizza and Subs is struggling to find the staff to keep up with demand.

“I actually used Facebook, you know, hey, I have a delivery appearance when someone looks,” says manager Rebekah Oberry. “Nobody submitted an application, so we’re trying to do something.”

Oberry says online orders go through the roof too.

“Our internets have just increased, maybe double, maybe triple,” she says. “Online going crazy.”

And although the work has been hard, Schoonmaker says it’s welcome craziness after a difficult year.

“Local businesses have suffered a lot over the past year, so you get a week like this, a couple of weeks like this, and it definitely brings you back and helps a bit,” says Schoonmaker.

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