News 12 at 6 o'clock--APRIL 7, 2009
AUGUSTA---A lot of doom and gloom was being preached before the Masters this year about how the slow economy was really going to cut into the profits of area business. But are those predictions turning into reality?
Things do seem to be a bit slower this year, but it's not as bad as some folks might have thought. We talked to several restaurants on Washington Road like Famous Dave's and Hooters. Things aren't as good as they hoped, but they could be a whole lot worse.
There were some thoughts that the slow economy would keep the number of patrons and visitors at a much smaller number than in years past.
Between people not having as much disposable income and also, a lot of companies pulling the plugs on lavish parties, there are probably a variety of reasons.
Whatever it is, there has been some effect noticed.
"Slightly down over last year. About 3 percent." said Bryce Beall, manager of Famous Dave's.
"Everything is steady. Everything is good. Yesterday, Mother Nature didn't help with the wind and cold temps. We're down a bit, but nothing major. So far so good." said Hooters Manager Chad Stawicki.
But again, no one's saying it's a ghost town and tumbleweeds are rolling through. There has been an impact, but there's plenty of money being made this week.