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Restaurants hoping late-summer snowfall won't take away vital patio business for too long

They depend on their patios now more than ever
Posted at 11:34 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 09:05:25-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Tuesday's predicted late-summer snowfall has some local restaurants disappointed it might be taking away a good chunk of some vital revenue.

It started as a year of ambition for Jose Muldoon's general manager Eric Jamssen.

"Going into 2020 we were looking for growth in the business," Jamssen said.

But quickly, its become a year of just getting by.

"I don't think anyone's seen a year like 2020," he said. "Being shut down for three months and then coming back through and not knowing what's going to happen with customers and how the flow is gonna go... it's all new."

Things aren't all bad.

"This labor day weekend's been good, it's been comparable to last year," he said.

This weekend, the restaurant full to it's currently reduced capacity. Much of that capacity comes from the restaurant's expansive patio.

"It's about 40 percent of our seating," Jamssen said.

That major source of income of course, lies at the hands of mother nature.

"Well with the cold weather coming in tomorrow, I don't think there's gonna be any patio seating," he said.

Winter not exactly agreeing with jamssen's wishes on when it should arrive.

"The later the better," he said.

This year's already been a whirlwind.

"I don't think anybody in this business has seen a year like 2020," Jamssen said.

It'd be nice if things could just go as planned, for a change.

"I miss being able to have a completely full restaurant," he said.