Holiday Season Brings Changes in Business to Local Restaurants

Grand Island, NE-- It's no secret the Christmas holiday brings people out to stores in huge numbers, but the season also affects the food industry.

As the Christmas season continues, restaurants along Highway 281 in Grand Island, like the Texas Roadhouse, say they are seeing above average numbers of guests.

"We definitely bump up quite a bit during the holiday time. I would say we definitely see that 20-30 percent increase minimum," said Alyson Ellis, the Service Manager at Texas Roadhouse. "People are just out and about, there's lots of family in town, we're getting a lot of travelers."

Managers from other restaurants like Applebee's, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, and the Olive Garden agree in their opinion this is the busiest time of year.

Restaurant workers are ecstatic with the increase.

Ellis said, "We love it. Our staff is happy, we try to keep our guests as happy as possible because we know that they're stressed out going out shopping, doing lots of other stuff so we definitely like to be that place that people can come and have an awesome time during the holidays."

However, some restaurants like the Chicken Coop in Downtown Grand Island say this is their slowest time of year. The differences in location near shopping areas can lead to this contrast.

"We've got a lot of retail stores around here, we're really close, we're right in the center of town, we've got people coming off the interstate coming to find us," said Ellis. "We do have our call ahead seating options. People are able to be at the mall shopping, give us a call, say they want to head over to Texas Roadhouse and we're getting them in as quickly as possible."

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