Restaurateurs: bring on the events
August 17, 2010
Park City restaurants agree Main Street events like the Kimball Arts Festival, last week’s Mustang car show and next week’s Tour of Utah are great for generating summer business.
"We were busy the whole time during the Arts Fest," said Zack Laabs at Zona Rosa. "Every weekend there’s good things. Summer has been great there’s been something going on nearly every weekend. It brings in a few tourists and more and more locals."
Ed McCracken at Bandits Grill agreed.
"I talked to a few of the artists and they said they did really well and better than last year," he explained. "Summer has been solid Things are going in the right direction."
He’d like to see more events.
"They don’t utilize Main Street enough. It’s such a cool environment. They could do so much more," he said.
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McCracken said he’s a supporter of the Park Silly Sunday Market, but would like to see something similar on Saturdays.
His only criticism is parking. He believes Main Street is losing business to Kimball Junction because of the parking issues.
Jenny Tuck at Calloway’s Morning Ray said the parking problems deter locals.
Tuck said business was strong at the restaurant during Arts Festival, but locals complained they had to buy a ticket to the festival just to eat at a restaurant.
Lucia Bisbee at Java Cow said many locals buy parking permits to guarantee access to Main Street, but then discover that nearly every event has different restrictions on the permits.
Bisbee said the events that appeal to locals bring more of them to the street instead of keep them away.
She said the Historic Main Street Business Alliance has been doing a great job bringing people to the street.
Most businesses agree the summer has been strong and sales during the busiest weekends like the Arts Festival are up over last year. But the real gauge, McCracken said, will be how well business is this coming winter. That’s when merchants make their bread and butter so that’s the best time to see if Americans are ready to spend their money again.
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