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Phillips Avenue Diner employees finding work throughout South Dakota in wake of fire

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:19 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Last Friday’s fire at the Phillips Avenue Diner left the restaurant’s employees wondering where they would be working this summer as the diner was too damaged to continue operating.

It turns out they would not have to look for very far or for very long.

Several restaurants and diners across the city and state have offered the displaced employees work.

Many Phillips Avenue employees accepted offers all-around south Dakota.

Jessica Reichert was excited to be able to find work so close to home at the All Day Café in Sioux Falls.

She says getting to see some of her regulars from the Diner has helped to lift her spirits.

“The community is really rallying around us I’ve seen regulars at the grocery store who are asking where I’ll be then they come to see me, I just feel very blessed that I have this opportunity,” says Reichert.

The situation seems to be a win-win as many restaurants were already looking for more employees.

“A lot of these restaurants are having trouble finding people, so it was actually kind of beneficial for all these restaurants because they didn’t have enough people to work already,” said Phillips Avenue Diner Manager Austin Brekke.

All Day Café general manager Kelsey Anderson says bringing in the Phillips Avenue employees was an easy decision. “We all got the call in the morning that the building had caught on fire so the thought immediately was what can we do with these employees.”

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