PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Now that the Phillies are out of the playoffs, local bars are feeling the bite as many fans opt to stay home.
Many local bars invest in flat screens and good beer to cash in when Philadelphia fans want to cheer on their favorite sports team.
But with the Phillies out of the playoffs, the Eagles on a bye this coming week, and the Sixers in a labor dispute, the bars are feeling the pinch.
“It’s horrible — that’s what we look forward to during the sports season. Like, this is prime time,” says Angela Atienza, who works at Lou’s Pizza Bar in the Old City section of Philadelphia.
She says that after the Phillies won the division title, business was booming.
“Well, while they were in the playoffs, everybody was screaming and every single seat was packed,” she recalls. But now, “yeah, it’s a bit slower.”
Atienza says they created drink specials to pull in the crowd.
“Four-dollar beers, five-dollar mixed drinks. Also, two slices and a soda for six dollars. Not too bad for Old City. ”
Well, at least the fans can look forward to the Flyers.
Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio 1060