Sales At Downtown Salisbury Restaurants Go Cold -

Sales At Downtown Salisbury Restaurants Go Cold

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The cold, rainy, snowy winter in the Carolinas is having a negative impact on some small businesses, specifically restaurants. Some local eateries tell My Fox Carolinas their business has been cut in half on bad weather days.

Mikey Wetzel owns Go Burrito in downtown Salisbury. He says winter time is definitely slow. He adds, "I don't know if people choose to eat at home. I don't know, but definitely downtown Salisbury is not as vibrant with people walking around."

The cold weather is having an effect on Emma's, another Salisbury restaurant. " get home from work you don't necessarily want to go back out, at least I've talk to a few customers about that," says Heather St. Aubin-Stout, House Manager at Emma's.

A couple of restaurants in Salisbury have closed in recent weeks. Neither Emma's nor Go Burrito has been open a full year, so they feel the sting of a drop in customers; perhaps more than other businesses.

Wetzel says, "If you heard that Outback or Panera Bread’s sales were down 10 percent, that wouldn't even make news. But if a place like me or one of those places that recently closed was down 10 percent that can shut them down. That's all it takes."

Wetzel says downtown business owners need to spice things up by giving people who live in Salisbury a reason to come downtown in the cold.

Brittany Hudson, who lives in Salisbury, says, "We actually go out to eat and to the movies on Saturday night. I guess it affects some people, but not I guess the younger crowd. I don't know. As long as you wrap up, you should be fine."

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