Sahara hopes to remain open

Belva Hall, owner of Sahara Restaurant, hopes to continue operating the popular establishment. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

CARTHAGE — The restaurant industry has been especially hard hit by the recent labor shortages, and the north country is not exception.

Due to a lack of a cook, Belva’s Sahara Restaurant closed Saturday and similarly, Gary’s Restaurant in Lowville has cut its hours.

Gary’s Restaurant has posted on Facebook that it has stopped serving dinners until a new cook can be hired and trained. The posting states that the new hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, “hopefully temporary.”

For the past 32 years, Belva Hall has owned the Sahara. She continues to do prep work and makes “the sauce” for the steak, seafood and Italian restaurant on Route 3, as well as tending the bar.

At age 88, she said she can’t run the restaurant alone. After her cook left unexpectedly Saturday, friends helped to keep the restaurant open one last night, Mrs. Hall said.

“I would like to keep it open,” she said, noting many restaurant owners have had difficulties finding help.

The restaurant is to be the venue for the upcoming Carthage Little Theatre production of “The Sweet Delilah Swim Club,” and according to Mrs. Hall, the show will go on.

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