A Mattapoisett gem of a restaurant, Jack's Kitchen, will close this month.

In a recent Facebook post, the owners shared the news that they will be transitioning to a take-out menu for a week and offering prepared meals until closing completely in several weeks.

Jack's Kitchen Facebook
Jack's Kitchen Facebook

"We are eternally grateful for the patience and understanding of our customers during our recent staffing shortage," the restaurant wrote. "This has been difficult and we have tried our best to make it work."

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The restaurant also cited rising costs and limited availability of certain foods as reasons for their decision. "The work has become more of a strain than a pleasure and the time has come for us to make our family and our health a priority," owners Chris and Melissa wrote.

As the owners mentioned, "life is too short to be stressed." I think those are words we can all live by.

Many businesses across the SouthCoast are working their hardest to keep up with rising costs, never mind trying to find reliable steady labor.

The restaurant, a local favorite known for tasty food, good portions and affordable prices, has asked patrons to make sure to use any outstanding gift cards before the closing.

Why do I have a feeling this won't be the last place to close due to rising costs and other stresses?

The closing of Jack's, 20 County Road, is a reminder to all: When going out, bring your generosity when tipping and bring your patience.

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