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Local businesses looking for big summer to offset slow winter

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Thankfully, the sub zero temperatures are far behind us and now local businesses say they're hoping to make up for the tough winter months.  However, not all businesses are expecting to see a big increase with warmer weather. 

More than 400 people came out to enjoy an Easter lunch at the Pier Restaurant Sunday afternoon.  Owner Richard Cole hopes this will jump start a surge in his business after a tough winter.

"This winter was a little rougher than most.  It's been a long time since we've had anything this bad so people just didn't want to come out.  It was hard to get people out so it's tough to get out when the wind chill is 95 degrees below zero," Cole said. 

As people lined up to get their food, diners like Emily Peterson say the only thing that will keep her out of restaurants is extreme weather.  

"Winter weather or Spring or summer, we eat out more than we probably should, but we enjoy it but generally if the weather is too harsh, we'll reconsider and stay home," Peterson said. 

Cole said in the winter months, he averaged about one hundred people a day coming into his restaurant.  He said with warmer weather, he hopes to double that, but not all restaurants expect to make that big of a jump.  O'Griff's owner John Winter said the number of people who come in is roughly the same, the difference is when.

"You have more functions happening around the park during the summer.  You have larger crowds coming in.  During the winter time, week days are a little slow and weekends pick up again," Winter said.

As much as Cole would like to see more people coming in, he admits there's no way to tell if Sunday's crowd is a sign for things to come. 

"I'm not sure what's going to happen.  You know there's a lot of things in the economy that we're still dealing with gas prices going up so we'll see.  Hopefully people will adjust much like they have in the past and they'll start coming back out to dinner and things will be the way they should be,"
 Cole said.

Cole said another issue that could prevent people from going out to eat is higher food prices.  While Cole said he's paying more for food, he won't be passing on the extra expense to customers at this time.
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