By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Center City restaurants and bars are hoping business will pick up during the World Meeting of Families conference and papal visit.READ MORE: Ben Simmons Saga: Sixers Suspend Simmons 1 Game For 'Conduct Detrimental To The Team'
Where is everybody? That’s what many Center City restaurants and bars are asking.
“It was a ghost town in the city,” said restaurateur Teddy Sourias.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
Sourias was talking about Tuesday night business.
He owns Bru Craft and Wurst, Ubahn, Finn McCools and runs the Uptown Beer Garden.
He says because of the road closures, special food and supply orders were made to accommodates the anticipated crowds.
“I met with the secret service two months ago; they gave us a worst case scenario,” said Sourias. “So we went according to the worst case scenario saying that we can’t get anything past Tuesday, so anything last minute I myself have a work truck to do last minute runs. We don’t know how much to order.”MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Killed, Another Injured In Browns Mills Shooting Outside Home
He says he has a full staff waiting for the crowds and praying for the best.