Downtown Restaurants Experienced Big Business Tonight

Downtown Restaurants Experienced Big Business Tonight

Tonight downtown Abilene was packed from street to street. Families came out to enjoy the night's lineup. And with that, came a night of spending. For downtown restaurant owners, it was music to their ears.
On the night of 'City Sidewalks', the cash registers ring nonstop at the downtown eateries. At 'Monks' coffee shop, where the slogan is 'Keep Abilene Boring', business is everything but that on a night like tonight.

"It's not just a financial thing," said Jerry Hendrix. "It's a lot of fun to get to do this, so we're always glad to get to do it. We have some great folks here who have pulled it off tonight."

Just doors down at 'Bogie's' deli, both regulars and newbies, choose a bite off the menu to enjoy as the parade floats pass down the street.

"It's a great place to come in, eat, watch the parade and enjoy the evening," said Steve Davenport, a 'Bogie's' regular.

'Bogie's' typically closes after the lunch rush, but owner, Phillip Ratliff says closing up early tonight wouldn't be a smart idea.

"We closed Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving," said Ratliff. "Nights like tonight allow us to do that and give our employees time with their families. A night like tonight makes up for those days that we closed."

Over at 'Monks', it's a game of 'beat last year's record'.

"We actually had a countdown this year of each hour, so we could anticipate what was going on," said Hendrix.

It didn't take long to bypass last year's sales. By 7 PM, the employees at 'Monks' had accomplished that goal.

"We're ahead of last year," said Hendrix. "We've kept score since 8 o'clock this morning."

The owners of both eateries had to call in extra help tonight to handle the extra business. It's a rush of customers that both shops see on a rare basis, simply because of their location.

"There's times throughout the year where it's slow here because we choose to be downtown, but on night's like this, we make up for it," said Hendrix.

'Monks' closed it's doors tonight at ten. And 'Bogie's' closed shop at 8. Even still, both stayed open quite passed their usual closing times.
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