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Published July 05, 2012, 07:40 PM

Restaurant, Bar Owners Happy With Fourth of July Turnout

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Downtown restaurants and bars on both sides of the Red River had a huge boost in business after many chose to stay in town for the Fourth of July holiday.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Downtown restaurants and bars on both sides of the Red River had a huge boost in business after many chose to stay in town for the Fourth of July holiday.

Some places were scrounging for extra staff, or even more food. But business owners couldn't be happier.

Although some restaurants and bars weren't ready for the amount of people walking through the doors, owners are happy, saying they made in one day, as they would in an entire weekend.

Casey Morin has been a bartender at the Blue Moose for more than four years and has never seen a busier Fourth of July.

"I think that it was so warm and there were so many thunderstorms predicted that a lot of people stayed in town instead of going out to the lake," Morin said.

Morin was busy the whole night and a packed restaurant can have it's challenges.

"Last night we didn't have the staff as much as we wanted to I don't think. We didn't expect it to be as busy as it was last night," Morin said.

If the holiday falls on a weekend, many businesses see less traffic and schedule fewer employees. With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday, some businesses didn't take the chance.

"I would say it was probably 30 percent more than what a normal Fourth of July is and we're very pleased. A lot of traffic on the sidewalks, going from place to place and a lot of new faces too," Joe Black's co-owner Dennis Blackmun said.

Some businesses ended up having to add more than just staff.

"We were definitely a lot busier yesterday. We brought in more staff members, we brought in more food since it was on a Wednesday. We were packed all night," Morin said.

Overall, business owners wish the Fourth would fall in the middle of the week more often, giving them a little boost.

"Not knowing what to expect we staffed to be busy and thank god we did because it was, it was very good," Blackmun said.

"The busier you are the more money you make I guess, so that always helps," Morin said.

Some say they expect to stay busy through the weekend, especially with people camping next door at the Red River State Recreation Area.

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