Dairy Kastle, a popular summer quick-serve restaurant, is closing early for this summer due to staff shortages, according to a post on the shop's Twitter account.
Sunday will be the final day this year that Dairy Kastle, at 575 Eastern Parkway in Louisville's Saint Joseph neighborhood, will be open, accordng to the post. It plans to open again in March 2023, once winter passes.
In a voicemail, the store said "due to unusual circumstances we are unable to staff to the normal end of season."
Dairy Kastle has open for more than 40 years in Louisville, serving as a popular spot for ice cream along with hot dogs, chili dogs, nachos and other menu items.
Katherine Smith, co-owner of Dairy Kastle for the past 10 years, told The Courier Journal back in June the restaurant had not seen the same overwhelming response to its hiring efforts this year as it has in past seasons.
At the time, Smith said more than a dozen people usually send applications to work in the shop a month before its March opening. This year, though, the company didn't receive as much interest as in years past, though Smith said she felt good heading into the eight-month season.
Due to staff shortage we are closing early for the season. Sunday, 14 August will be the last day until March. Thank you to all of our customers for a fun it’s not short season. 🍦🌭
— Dairy Kastle (@DairyKastle) August 11, 2022
Dairy Kastle is open between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, though the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, and its Sunday hours are noon to 9 p.m.
Matthew Glowicki contributed to this article. Reach Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow her on Twitter at @SoyAnaAlvarez
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