School, Session Being Over is Bad for Businesses

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By: Matt Galka

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Pita Pit manager Sean Richmond is getting his restaurant ready for a quieter time on West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.

"We expect the business to get a little slower during the summer, our sales are usually cut in half," said Richmond.

With Florida State, FAMU, and Tallahassee Community College all being dismissed for the summer, places like the Pita Pit are forced to adjust.

"Our late night crowd usually is our students around here, and so they leave for home and we have no customers at night," said Richmond.

College kids being gone isn't the only thing that's bad for business. The absence of the big kids in the Capitol slow local sales, too.

The Metro Deli is about two blocks away from the Capitol. The eatery counts on the 60 day legislative session to carry them through the summer.

"We usually see about a 25 percent increase in sales, which is a pretty substantial jump, we have to higher extra staff, it definitely picks up," said owner Rob Bazermore.

Now that session is over, Metro Deli can't bank on lawmakers and their staffs to get hungry and walk over for lunch, but that doesn't mean they don't want to see them again really soon.

"Usually we root for a little bit of a special session, we know it's not always great for the taxpayer but it helps downtown out," Bazemore chuckled.

Many Democrats in the legislature would like to see a special session, too, but not because they want to keep eating at Metro Deli. They want to come up with a solution for Medicaid expansion.

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