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Bitter Cold Takes Bite Out Of Business

Over the last few days people have been told to avoid the cold, if possible. A quick visit to downtown Green Bay businesses shows they've been listening.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Over the last few days people have been told to try to avoid the cold, if possible.  A quick visit to downtown Green Bay businesses shows they've been listening.

On the coldest day of several decades, one of the slowest nights ever at Hagemeister Park.

So says Assistant Manager, Helen Miller.

"We've got one guy at the bar and someone else just walked in," Miller said. "We have one table...been about it all day."

On a normal night, this restaurant should have more than just three people sitting at the bar. In addition, the dining room should not look this empty.

"The restaurant would probably have seven to eight tables going at one time."

However tonight's weather is far from normal, as wind chills dips down to 50 below.

"Definitely the cold - people are afraid of it and in fact they are told to stay home, if you don't have to go out," said Miller.

There was one table with customers - a family having dinner. Yes, they say it is cold outside.

"The cold weather doesn't deter us from going anywhere," said Chris Laws. "We are use to it."

Moreover, the empty dining room brings its own definite benefits.

"We almost own the restaurant, I see that - yes," Laws said. "We should have great service - I'm expecting."

As for Miller, the quite night allows for overdue chores.

"We're getting all that deep cleaning done - kind of the word of the day - so that's not such a bad thing," Miller said.

Busy work to help pass time on the coldest day in many years, on one of the slowest nights in Hagemeister's two- year history.

"For business obviously not great - but on the cleaning end it's great," Miller said.

A quick review of many other eateries in downtown Green Bay showed lots of empty chairs and booths.

As our bitter cold kept many people at home.

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