Table 301 Kitchen, formerly Soby’s on the Side, is closing its doors for good on May 1 after 20 years in business, with its owner citing a workforce shortage.
The announcement from the Table 301 came just weeks after the restaurant group merged with catering company Seasons Cafe and Catering. Table 301 Catering has now moved out of the Table 301 Kitchen space and into a new facility at 68 Global Drive.
Table 301 founder Carl Sobocinski said an industry-wide workforce shortage left the restaurant group unable to staff Table 301 Kitchen while still operating its new catering expansion.
“Despite all the positives, the new ‘epidemic’ is a workforce shortage,” Sobocinski said. “There simple are not enough available workers to fully staff all our operations.”
Soby’s on the Side opened in March 2001, serving breakfast, lunch and fresh baked breads. It was rebranded as Table 301 Kitchen and Catering in 2018.
Sobocinski said in addition to workforce issues, the smaller size of downtown office workers has led to a drop in demand.
“Demand for breakfast and lunch has not reached pre-COVID levels and likely won’t anytime in the near future,” he said.
There are no plans yet to reopen the business or launch a new concept in the space, although the property will remain under the ownership of Table 301.