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Pokémon Go boosts small businesses

On Mill Avenue in Tempe, restaurants and bars are openly advertising that they are Pokémon Go friendly locations where you can catch more Pokémon. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) On Mill Avenue in Tempe, restaurants and bars are openly advertising that they are Pokémon Go friendly locations where you can catch more Pokémon. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
For one business, The Grill On The Mill, it's been a great advertising tool.  (Source: KPHO/KTVK) For one business, The Grill On The Mill, it's been a great advertising tool. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Other bar and restaurants, like Cornish Pasty Co. in Tempe, is seeing good results, as well. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Other bar and restaurants, like Cornish Pasty Co. in Tempe, is seeing good results, as well. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
In just a short period of time, we've seen Pokémon Go take over the world. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) In just a short period of time, we've seen Pokémon Go take over the world. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

In just a short period of time, we've seen Pokémon Go take over the world. Users number in the millions and it seems like the game still gaining ground. It's to the point that you can even tell when someone is walking down the street playing, watching as they swipe to catch a Pokémon.

The game is loaded with lures, gyms and Poke Stops. Those locations draw in crowds. A Poke Stop can be anywhere from a park to a restaurant to a bar.

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On Mill Avenue in Tempe, restaurants and bars are openly advertising that they are Pokémon Go friendly locations where you can catch more Pokémon.

For one business, The Grill On The Mill, it's been a great advertising tool. Chase Krukow, the restaurant's general manager, says the place only been open since April and business is booming.  

"We saw a huge drive in business where you usually see it fall off," Krukow said.  

Other bars and restaurants, like Cornish Pasty Co. in Tempe, have seen the same results. Some staff members, like Darius Sumrall, have jumped on the bandwagon and are playing along with customers.  

"It's a really good social experiment," Darius said.

So it's a lot of fun and it's really connecting people in a new way.  

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