45th Street Taphouse Bar and Grille in OC sees lack of J1 students, now has to scale back hours

OCEAN CITY, Md.- In Ocean City, one business owner is looking for locals to step-up.

The owner of 45th Street Taphouse Bar and Grille, Zev Sibony, said since opening their doors again he is having a hard time running his business because of the lack of J1 students.

That’s why he said he’s scaled their hours back.

Many J1 students have not been able to travel because of travel bans put in place because of COVID-19.

Sibony is not sure what the future looks like for his taphouse, but he does not think there will be a resolution this year.

“At the end of the day it’s not going to get solved, so hopefully future J1 travel restrictions will be non-existent and next year we’ll be able to get our J1 students,” Sibony said.

Sibony said across his four taphouses 40-50 J1 students usually make up his staff during the summer.

He adds that starting this week they changed the times they open to 3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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