By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With the Made In America Festival taking over the Ben Franklin Parkway by the Art Museum this weekend, how will local restaurants be affected?

Ben Fileccia is the president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pennsylvania restaurant and lodging association, he says Made In America has a huge impact on business.

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“It does and unfortunately I feel it’s a negative impact because folks in the city, folks from the suburbs, are kind of afraid to come near the Art Museum during that time.”

And Rachel Lathbury of OCF Coffee says they seldom get an influx of concert-going customers.

“In years past, Made In America, because it’s a closed event, hasn’t impacted us too much; because once people enter, they can’t leave.”

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Damon Andrecchio of Philly Flavors agrees.

“You might catch some people going to their cars to go home and maybe they grab something. Other than that, there’s in and out these people; they’re either drinking and eating there.”


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“The only time we’ve seen a big rush of people is when it rains. So I’m actually keeping fairly close track of this hurricane that’s headed our way this weekend.”