Recession Resulting in Drastic Changes
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
Cutting days of operation, cutting back on hours, cutting menus... that's at just two restaurants in the same town.
Floyd's Diner has been a High Springs icon since 2001. Floyd's is now closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Business is down 50%.
"Break even and hope for better times," says Floyd's owner Mike Kearney. "Better times are going to come, the question is getting there."
Opening up an eclectic restaurant like Trombone Charley's was Wendy Lipani's dream two years ago. But the live music stage is quiet, Lipani has stopped serving dinner and she has become both waitress and chef.
"On Thursdays we used to have close to a full house at lunchtime," says Lipani. "There is a lot of empty tables today."
Come January, she's changing the name to The Mad Hatter's Collectible, Cafe and Creative Space, partnering with another business to merge resources and cut down on expenses.
High Springs Main Street Manager Lani Simmons says a number of other stores in town have the same hope--that a christmas boost can carry them through.
"If we don't have a good Christmas, we're likely to see a lot of businesses go out of business come January," says Simmons.
Both Kearney and Lipani say business has been down for the last 6 months to a year. They say gas prices contributed to a bad summer, but since prices have gone down, things haven't gotten significantly better.
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