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Opening day means big business downtown

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The Mud Hens do more than bring baseball fans into downtown Toledo. The team obviously helps pump a lot of money into the local economy too. Opening day is certainly a grand slam for a lot of downtown bars and restaurants. In fact, for some it's the biggest day of the year.

The streets are full of people, parking lots are packed and so are downtown businesses. At Pizza Papalis General Manager Dave Keen says they have more than four times the usual day shift staff on duty. And they're making a lot of pizza, "Normally we make in the range of 300 pizzas a day but today we are probably close to 800 and maybe even more with our take out orders."

Keen says the dough is bringing in a lot of dough, "This is definitely the busiest day of the year for us for sure. It's non-stop from open to close." The rain was good for business, "Rain is actually a good thing in small doses it keeps them inside for awhile which is good because a lot of them come here."

Down the street in the Warehouse District it's opening week for Pita Pit. This is the third Pita Pit in Northwest Ohio and co-franchisees Kate and Tom Dake say the newest location just opened its doors on Monday, "We are excited to be in our new downtown location with a chance to serve different people. We're ready to go! When we started this project we always had April 4th in mind. We wanted to be up and running by Opening Day and this is what we were anticipating."

The Dakes say the Warehouse District is the perfect spot for their newest location, "We looked to see what other quick service restaurants were in downtown and most of them are in the central business district. There wasn't a lot in the Warehouse District so we chose this location to separate ourselves and to give people something different on this end of town."

Friday was a double header for businesses because the Walleye have a game as well. 

 

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