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Restaurants see an increase in sales on Labor Day

Restaurants looking to reopen facing financial hardships like never before
Posted at 10:35 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 23:35:39-04

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted many local businesses in one way or another, especially restaurants. But on Labor Day, local staples George's and Bubba's 33 say they are beyond thankful for the community they serve.

"A lot of restaurants really rely on holidays and what not, but our community is loving us and we love them," said Marc Shaw with Bubba's 33.

COVID-19 did not stop people from visiting their favorite places. This Labor Day, the Browns say stopping in Waco and eating at George's was a must.

"We just wanted to get out of town and relax and come to the Silos and just get out. COVID is affecting all of us, but you make the best of it and go places you enjoy and just follow the rules," said Tara Brown.

Sammy Citrano, owner of George's, says its people like the Browns that allow them to stay open. On Monday sales were up.

"People are starting to come out and feel safe. Business is staying steady and we are close to last year's volume with 50% capacity. People are being very nice," said Citrano.

At Bubba's 33, it was the same.

"We are up in sales and feel very blessed with the community and their involvement and just holding it together and embracing us," said Shaw.

Their hope is for Governor Greg Abbott to increase the capacity of their restaurant to 75% perhaps as early as later this week.