Friday, Dec 13, 2013
Carbondale Businesses Welcome Halloween Customers
JACKSON COUNTY-- Bars on the strip are excited for crowds on Halloween. They'll be able to stay open for the first time in 13 years.
Many businesses in Carbondale were around for the riots back in 2000, but they say they don't expect a repeat this year.
"They had the guts to make a decision and it was a good decision. Very proud of them,"said La Fogata owner Daniel Ramirez.
Ramirez's business has been in Carbondale for 30 years, and he's seen his fair share of rowdy college kids every weekend.
"We always deal with drunk people. That's what we have the business
here for because we want to deal with students," he added.
His sign was even torn down the last Halloween on the strip, but he insists he has no apprehension about this year..
The same goes for Kamal Naser of Wise Guys. He still vividly remembers the riots in 2000.
"A lot of people. That was crazy night. Seen people like flipping cars,
breaking trees out there, our signs," Naser explained.
He says things have changed.
"SIU was a party school. Now it's different," said Naser.
Businesses look forward to the strip renaming open, because more customers mean huge sales, all weekend long.
"We wait for those days really. we wait for the homecoming, Halloween, polar bear, this is like make our nights," said Naser.
Three bars- Stix, Sidetracks,and Hangar 9, will probably see a boost in business, too. Many worked years to be allowed to reopen on the holiday. Last weekend's unofficial Halloween served as something of a trial run for Thursday night..
"It was good for me. I don't have no problems at all. a lot of good business that's what happened to me," Ramirez enthused.
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