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Despite crowds shopping, restaurants don't see uptick

Saturday, November 24, 2012

FORT SCOTT, Kan. -- While hundreds of bargain-hunting shoppers hit the streets for the start of their holiday spending on Black Friday, local restaurants saw little change -- and some even a reduction -- in the amount of business walking through their doors.

Black Friday, which is the day symbolic of the time when most retailers start to turn a profit for the year, going out of the "red" and into the "black," did little to line the pockets of local restaurateurs.

Whether it be the sign of an economy where people are saving all they can to buy presents for family and friends, or too many leftovers from Thanksgiving, several local restaurants saw little or no increase in business on Friday.

Marsha Lancaster, owner of Marsha's Great Plains Deli, 6 W. 18th St., said there was a reduction in her regular Friday business. Lancaster attributes the slower day to the fact that much of her business is based on people who work coming in for lunch and many people were not working on Friday.

"It's been slower," Lancaster said. "But we did get a lot of people coming in from out-of-town."

Amber Hunziker, manager of Papa Don's Pizza, 10 N. Main St., said there really was no increase in business, but the types of parties that came through her doors were a little different than the usual Friday crowds.

"We had a lot more orders with larger pizzas, with people trying to feed whole families," Hunziker said. She said the typical Friday lunch crowd usually consists of more and smaller parties.

Noe Diaz, manager of El Charro, 2503 E. Main St., also said his business was slower than the typical Friday.

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