Nov 8, 2010 2:19 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow
Sunday marks our annual twenty-five hour day and for some employees this tacks on an extra hour of work and some added sales.
Clocks roll back at 2 a.m. on Sunday and most storefronts are dark, except for some bars and clubs, which are stirring up their revenue. The additional hour can mean big bucks for these types of businesses, as well as for their bartenders.
"It's a boost in sales and we look forward to it every year," says co-owner of Concept Restaurants Luke Travins, and the extra hour at the end of the night adds about, "Ten to fifteen percent [more] in sales."
Mr. Travins is not the only one seeing an increase in sales. Manager and bartender Louis Chavez of Bar V in downtown Colorado Springs adds, "It's significantly more for business. We do at least ten to fifteen percent more."
Majority owner of Southside Johnny's Johnny Nolan also says, "If you have a chance to make a little more money, as long as you can control the crowd and make sure everyone is getting home safe, I think it's just wise to do that." He, too, sees added revenues due to the extra hour of service.
Bartenders in downtown Colorado Springs are not complaining either. The extra hour enables them to fatten up their wallets before the holiday season.
"The economy is tough right now," asserts Ritz bartender David Paul Erickson, "And I'll take whatever I can get. Money's money and an hour of making money is definitely a good thing."
Alicia Schenbeck, a bartender at Cowboy's in downtown Colorado Springs, also enjoys that people tend to linger a little while longer, "They think it's a little extra time to have that extra fun. It's an extra dollar in my pocket. So, I'm not going to turn it down anyway."
The added hour requires that these master mixers be even more vigilant of their clients' consumption. Nathan Perry, manager and bartender at Southside Johnny's, assures, "We want to focus on watching people because [in] that extra hour, if someone is staying out until two in the morning, that extra hour could be the nail in the coffin for them, as far as drinking. We go into alert mode to make sure we're not over serving them."
All bar owners and bartenders held the same sentiment as Mr. Perry and stated that safety is their number one concern for their patrons.
Sgt. Steve Noblitt of the Colorado Springs Police Department remarks, "We don't anticipate that this is going to increase our officers volume, but if it does, we're [going to] have the officers on the street to respond to the calls for services needed."
One of the added advantages of having the extra hour, as Mr. Travins mentions, "Instead of everyone leaving a bar right at 2 a.m., it just seems to be a more gradual exiting of customers over that first hour."
After the last drink is poured and the second time that 2 a.m. rolls around on Sunday, the cabs will be waiting to safely take people home.