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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.

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