Labor shortage forces 2 Orlando restaurants to close

Orlando, Florida. – Most businesses are gearing up for the busiest retail days of the year, but two Orlando staples are doing the opposite.

Bikes, Beans and Bordeaux, and P is for Pie are closing, but not for lack of customers. Both companies are making the difficult decision to close their doors due to labor shortages, inflation, and product inconsistencies.

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At P is for Pie, candy is flying off the shelves as customers flock to say goodbye to one of their favorites.

“This is my mom’s favorite bakery,” Zach said, a P is for Pie customer. “She used to live here so I’m hoping to get her some things like the crumbling bars, peach hopefully, but we’ll see what’s left.”

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The bakery opened in 2011, but over the weekend, the popular pastry shop announced its closure.

“This was probably one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make,” said owner Stacey Tomljenovich.

Tomljenovich said current labor shortages, product inconsistencies and inflation are forcing them to turn off ovens and hang up aprons. She said finding and training bakers has been difficult.

“I think people think it’s easy,” Tomljenovich said. “It’s easy as pie, right? It is not.”

This week, Tomljenovich and his staff are working around the clock to fill hundreds of Thanksgiving orders and keep the store open for its last few customers. She said her clients are what have kept her going for the past 11 years.


“It’s as much as they say we’ve given to the community, they’ve given it to us,” Tomljenovich said. “We watched the babies grow, they’re in first and second grade now, you know, we’ve been to weddings and baby showers and people’s birthdays and stuff, and it’s such an honor to share life with these people.”

Many people saying goodbye to P is for Pie are also saying goodbye to Bikes, Beans, and Bordeaux down the street. That restaurant is also closing due to labor shortages and inflation.

“I think, unfortunately, we’re going to start to see that more and more, just because they can’t find the food products to sell, they can’t find people to serve the restaurants,” said Steve Murphy, a customer at the restaurant.

Many customers take every opportunity to support some of their neighborhood staples in their last days.

“I love this neighborhood and I love these people and I try to do what I can and I think that’s all anyone can do, unfortunately,” said B3 client Reed Burton.

Tomljenovich said that after the Thanksgiving break is over, they hope to catch up on some much-needed rest.

Both P’s are for Pie and Bikes, Beans and Bordeaux will close on Wednesday.

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