Businesses Around UF, Prep For Fall
This is not what restaurants in midtown usually look like.
For a college town like Gainesville, when students go back home local businesses feel the difference.
"For a town that's completely based around the University of Florida we just have a huge population whose not here during the summer. It's things like you can find parking or things like we're not as busy here on certain nights," says Virginia Mikell a waitress at Copper Monkey.
However parents moving their daughters and sons into or out of this college town are loyal customers during the summer.
UF Parent Lisa Douglass says, "Copper Monkey is a staple for our son who loves their monkey tails. Every Sunday before we leave that's what we do before we go back to Naples."
The Douglass family will be back in town next summer like they do every year, but some families with graduating students are taking today to say goodbye to their favorite restaurant, like Nancy Jeanot and her family.
"Our daughter has been going to the University of Florida for the last four years and she graduated last night and this has been our favorite restaurant in Gainesville and we wanted one last hoorah."
Copper Monkey has been part of midtown for over 30 years now, yet every year they prepare for the rush of the fall semester.
"I think the part of being a business in Gainesville especially this close to the University of Florida, you have to be prepared or you're not going to make it. Being this close to the stadium, come game days it's surreal," Mikell adds.
Stephanie Bechara, TV20 News.
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