Dock Restaurant and Gallery on Little Cranberry Island may need to
stop serving lunch in the summer if it’s unable to secure housing
for at least eight of the 40 workers it employs.
to Michael Boland, co-owner, should the Hancock County restaurant,
which is popularly known as The Dock, halt its lunch service, it
could hurt other area businesses on the 200-acre island.
Dock’s general manager asked the public via Facebook to help with
some housing leads. It's the first time that a lack of housing will
hinder the restaurant from being able to provide service. However,
the area has experienced shortages before.
example, the seasonal tourist industry for Jackson Laboratory and Bar
Harbor often has trouble finding reasonable-priced housing. Its new
chief operating officer said the organization’s biggest challenge
is finding workers housing.
National Park is hoping to find a private developer and partner with
them to develop housing to address the shortage.
said most businesses are feeling the impact of the shortage in some
way or another.
Dock’s General Manager Georgia Howland said staff would not be cut
because the customers would still be there. The restaurant can seat
100 customers at any given time, serving upwards of 500 customers
four days a week in its four-month season.
said eight workers need places to live (although two of them may
already have a place secured). Boland said the restaurant has 40 full
and part-time workers employed and will open from May 31 to Oct. 13.
Dock’s housing shortage is just one issue the restaurant is facing.
said most of its workers were full-time island residents or summer
families with teens who wanted to make extra money. There are just 11
workers right now that fall into the category. She said the kids are
not working as they used to, which means bringing in workers from
And, Howland said, new people are not coming to the area because of the housing shortage, which is leading to the problem the restaurant is facing today.