Charlotte business owners say DNC 'paid off'
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CHARLOTTE--The Democratic National Convention has come and gone in Charlotte and most business owners said it paid off.
With tens of thousands of people in the Queen City for several days, News 14 spoke to restaurants inside and outside of the security zone to find out how they fared.
"From seven in the morning until 10 to 12 at night, we were non stop," said Cassie Parsons.
Parsons said her restaurant, Harvest Moon Grille, saw nearly a thousand customers a day. That's triple the amount during a normal week.
While every customer is welcome, Fox and Hound managers said their crowd was a much different one than usual.
"We did notice it wasn't the normal local regular crowd. It was a bunch of folks from out of town, so a little bit different crowd for us," said John Florea.
Even the Midnight Diner, which is located just outside of center city, saw large crowds. They said it was mostly on the morning shifts before DNC festivities got underway.
But Alexis Fudo said luckily, they were ready for it.
"We staffed more people to give better service, we stocked up on anything and everything so we didn't run out of stuff. It ran really smoothly. We didn't have any kind of problems. It was great," said Fudo.
Though restaurants in and around Uptown were thriving, that didn't ring true for one bartender in the SouthPark area.
"We were all very excited that there was going to be thousands and thousands of people showing up and yet, it was all pretty much contained all around Time Warner Arena," explained Mark Kessler.
While Kessler is happy to see the DNC go and get back to normal, folks like Cassie Parsons saw the event as an experience of a lifetime.
"We all were sort of pushing to really put a great light on what we are doing and really let the world know it and I think we all did it at our finest moment," said Parsons.
Some Uptown restaurant owners said they expected business to be slow this weekend, following the end of the major event, but they said by Saturday everything had gone right back to normal.