Football season’s end offers restaurants a reprieve

Strip

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Kennedy Chase

Now that the University of Alabama has played its last home football game of the 2021 season, Tuscaloosa’s restaurants and their staff can breathe a sigh of relief.

While local businesses get a major influx in visitors here to cheer on the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium throughout the fall, the off season is just as important for their continued success.

PJ’s Coffee Barista Taylor Feniello said the coffee shop on the Strip just off the UA campus might be a bit less hopping on the weekends, but that means their local customers can hang out and relax.

“I feel like it will most definitely be affected during weekends,” Feniello said. “On weekdays we’re pretty stable, we have our regular customers like students and we have other young adults in town and people who just love to come here and get coffee.  But those big weekends definitely bring a lot of tourism.”

Meanwhile, Zoe’s Kitchen on McFarland Boulevard across the Black Warrior River is anticipating more customers willing to brave traffic on the weekends to grab a bite.

“I actually think it’s going to increase our business,” said Zoe’s employee Rachael Kovacs. “I know when the game was in town, it would bring a lot of business to our restaurant. But now that the game is over i definitely feel like there’s going to be more customers.”

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