By: Elizabeth Nickerson
August 26, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - University students pack the halls and restaurants are packed for the lunch rush.
"You have such a severe population cut out almost overnight, as soon as finals are over and everyone leaves, its ghost town," said Jesse Filippelli, from the Momma Goldberg's Deli.
With students coming back-to-school, it means booming business for bars and restaurants. Student enrollment has increased in every school in our area this year. Florida State University has more than 40,000 students this year, Florida A&M University is behind them with 12,000 and Tallahassee Community College has more than 20,000 this year.
Students make up more than 70,000 of Tallahassee's population.
Bar owners say bars near the universities see a 60 percent decrease in sales when students are not in the area.
Owners say the impact is so severe that when students leave for summer vacation some places have to close or change business hours.
"Every summer we lose so much clientele, my co-workers and myself and my boss included make half as much as we do during Fall semester or Spring semester," said Nicole Canepa, from the Clyde's & Costello's Bar.