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Businesses near State Fairgrounds working to adapt to smaller crowds

One restaurant is happy the fair is at least somewhat open
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Posted at 9:01 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 13:33:01-04

PUEBLO — With the smaller crowds at this year's colorado state fair, nearby businesses are having to make adjustments. One local restaurant says even a scaled back fair is welcome news.

She hasn't been there too long...

"I've been working here for almost 8 months," Adolfo's Mexican Food Cashier Griselda Olague said.

But Olague has been there long enough to know what "busy" is. And even with a steady flow of customers in and out Saturday afternoon, she's seen busier.

"No it gets more packed," Olague said.

Before COVID-19, late night business made the restaurant a pretty penny.

"We used to be open 24 hours before," Olague said. "But now we're open from six to midnight."

The decision coming after initially moving closing time to 10 p.m.

"Because there was a lot of customers coming in."

That shift to midnight happened the same time something else started down the street. The state fair.

"This morning was busy," Olague said. "It actually has been good, it hasn't been affecting us so much."

Even with the state fair operating in very a limited capacity, they're still seeing faces from all over.

"From Wyoming, Kansas, they say from Texas too," she said.

Keeping their doors open, in a time when many places are doing just the opposite.