Small businesses are facing ‘summer of uncertainty’

  • Austin Ray, owner of Von Elrod’s Beer Hall And Kitchen, stands in the restaurant’s outdoor seating area Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • James Barlow prepares sausages at Von Elrod's Beer Hall And Kitchen on June 7, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. For the restaurant, located across the street from Nashville's minor league baseball stadium that sees big crowds in the summer, both inflation and the worker shortage have sent costs skyrocketing. Small businesses that depend on summer crowds and tourism are hoping for a bustling summer this year, boosted by pent up demand after more than two years of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Sandra Castillo removes pretzels from the oven at Von Elrod's Beer Hall And Kitchen on June 7, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. For the restaurant, located across the street from Nashville's minor league baseball stadium that sees big crowds in the summer, both inflation and the worker shortage have sent costs skyrocketing. Small businesses that depend on summer crowds and tourism are hoping for a bustling summer this year, boosted by pent up demand after more than two years of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • David Rodriguez serves customers at Von Elrod's Beer Hall And Kitchen June 7, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. For the restaurant, located across the street from Nashville's minor league baseball stadium that sees big crowds in the summer, both inflation and the worker shortage have sent costs skyrocketing. Small businesses that depend on summer crowds and tourism are hoping for a bustling summer this year, boosted by pent up demand after more than two years of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Andrew Kravchenko draws a beer for a customer at Von Elrod’s Beer Hall And Kitchen on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. For the restaurant, located across the street from Nashville’s minor league baseball stadium that sees big crowds in the summer, both inflation and the worker shortage have sent costs skyrocketing. Small businesses that depend on summer crowds and tourism are hoping for a bustling summer this year, boosted by pent up demand after more than two years of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NEW YORK — Small businesses that depend on outdoor crowds and free-spending tourists aren’t sure what to expect this summer.