Local businesses have been telling us how they feel about the Roar on the Shore crowds.
Dave's Diner employees experienced their first ever Roar on the Shore week, and they say the event brough a huge boost in customers. Ronnie Murphy, Server at Dave's Diner, says, "we had thousands of people out front. The restaurant was packed most of the weekend; couldn't have asked for a better turnout."
That business stretched into the greater downtown area, as well. Stevo's Pizza Manager, Rose Webb, says this was their biggest Roar on the Shore crowd yet. "The slices were the biggest thing," says Webb, "People came in, they tried it, it was great. There were event people coming in after they got slices and came in and got more."
But, unfortunately, not every local business had that same positive Roar on the Shore experience. Some restaurants even decided to close their doors this time around.
Khao Thai Owner, Douangchay Phetsavanh, says, "We stayed open the first year and the bikers didn't support us at all. In years past, there was a place to park for her regular customers and even employees, but now, rather than bringing in business, the festival actually keeps their business away. This year, they closed their main location and set up shop at another festival, where she says they had much better luck.
Whether it was the food, location, or just the atmosphere, Roar on the Shore left local restaurants with very different tastes.
In general, the people we spoke to say they support events in the Erie area like Roar on the Shore, but some say they had higher hopes for the surrounding businesses. Some recommend a map of local businesses to pass out to attendees of the festival.
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