Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Business

January 31, 2014

Biting cold puts a freeze on restaurant business

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli — because there just aren't very many of them.

"After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don't want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.

Across much of the eastern half of the country, bitter cold and snowstorms in recent weeks have put a chill on restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops, limiting the number of walk-in customers and shrinking tips. Some merchants report sales cut in half.

The January deep freeze wrought by the polar vortex in the Midwest, a big snowfall in the Northeast and abnormal cold and snow in the Deep South has moved many to hibernate.

Only four people picked at pancakes and eggs during what should have been the morning rush at American Table Family Restaurant, a Toledo diner, while the temperature dipped to 9 below Tuesday. The nearly 40 inches of snow this month is a record for January and more than what the city normally gets in an entire winter.

"Some of the regulars, I haven't seen in a week and half, two weeks," said owner Elton Bregu.

Viven McKinney, a retired postal worker, stopped in for eggs and coffee only because he had just dropped his wife off at work.

"Otherwise, I'd still be in bed," he said. "I don't like to be cold."

All the waitresses are working two fewer days a week, said Bobbie Boyd, the only one on duty. And on the days Boyd does work, she draws half her usual tips.

"I'm a single mom," she said. "It's hard making ends meet, paying bills."

Coffee shops that fuel legislators at the nearby Capitol in Madison, Wis., are seeing fewer state government workers stopping by, since many have been staying home with children whose schools were closed or because they just don't want to venture outside.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Honda Tougher Compact Car [Duplicate] Honda bolsters Fit to boost crash resistance DETROIT (AP) — When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board. The tiny Fit, redesigned for the 2015 model year, initially flunked the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap test, earning just a "Mar

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Financial Markets Wall Street-6 [Duplicate] Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a key meeting of U.S. centr

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • At Jackson Hole, central bankers eye varying goals WASHINGTON (AP) — The central bankers meeting this week at their annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren't exactly in sync. Many are taking steps that clash with the policies of others. The Federal Reserve is preparing to reduce its economic

    August 22, 2014

  • Apple Stock [Duplicate] Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eriks MAIN Eriks Chevrolet celebrates after completing tornado recovery When Eriks Chevrolet vice presidents Karen Bellus and Tom Rethlake looked out across the property of their dealership directly after the Nov. 17 tornado, they saw a scene of absolute devastation. Over $1 million in damage was done to the facilities.

    August 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • EPA Weed Killer [Duplicate] Decision could boost use of popular weed killer WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide — and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it. Criti

    August 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Posh Salon earns Redken Elite status Posh Salon and Day Spa became just the fifth Indiana salon to achieve Redken Elite Salon status, it was announced this week. As part of the honor, the Posh styling team will travel in November to the Redken Exchange for a three-day, hands-on training

    August 10, 2014

  • Cures for ourills revealed Goober Goodenough is a long-time member of the Indiana General Assembly. You probably know the roadside signs he puts up before every election: “Goober is Goodenough for Indiana.”It has surprised me that Goober has not had a bigger role in the curren

    August 10, 2014

  • Cool summer sets expectations for a record harvest DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S. is looking a

    August 8, 2014

  • Report: Indiana consumer rebounds from recession INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new report by the U.S. Commerce Department shows that consumer spending in Indiana has rebounded from the end of the Great Recession faster than the national average. The report released Thursday estimates state-by-state consume

    August 8, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Hamm Talks Emmy Chances Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller