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Restaurants welcome end of shutdown

Employees of Delaware North began the process of re-opening early Oct. 17, not long after the president signed the bill to end the shutdown. Delaware North manages foodservice and lodging at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and other national parks through federal contracts.

During the shutdown, Delaware North was one of many companies that saw business grind to a halt Oct. 1 at their restaurants on federal properties. As of Oct 11, 10 days into the shutdown, the company reported losing more than $6.2 million in revenue and estimated it would lose another $600,000 for each additional day of the shutdown. Nearly 3,000 employees were laid off from the company's national parks operations.

“[Our employees] are certainly overjoyed,” said Delaware North spokesman Glen White. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks for them, with the uncertainty and with many of them laid off. Over the course of [Oct. 17], we were able to re-open just about everything at the national parks.”

Business has bounced back quickly, White said, and bookings for the company’s lodging facilities in the national parks look strong for November and December.

Some restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area experienced a surge in business in the early days of the shutdown, as many furloughed workers hit bars and restaurants to celebrate their unscheduled days off. Same-store beverage sales at D.C.-area restaurants the first week of the shutdown were up 1.3 percent, compared to a year ago, according to research by Avero, which develops sales analytics software for restaurants.

However, same-store covers decreased 7.6 percent during the shutdown’s first week when compared to a year ago, and same-store gross sales fell 0.1 percent. Lunch and breakfast sales took a hit, with same-store gross sales down 3.3 percent and covers down 5.4 percent when compared to the same period in 2012. Avero collected the data from more than 75 restaurants in and around Washington.

“The first four or five days, government workers were going out because it was kind of an unscheduled vacation,” said Kyle Rees, spokesman for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. “When they saw it was going to last longer, they tightened their belts a little bit.”

As the shutdown stretched into its second week, concern among operators grew. “People were really getting worried,” Rees said. “Even some of the bigger players in the area were starting to get concerned.”

Several restaurants reported cancellations in private bookings during the shutdown, Rees said. However,  Tortilla Coast, a regular dining spot for many members of Congress, is drawing national press as the location of a “secret” strategy meeting between a senator and a dozen Republican congressmen a day before the shutdown ended.

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