The alfresco dining may have rained this weekend, but restaurants and other businesses were able to operate at full capacity. Many have seen long waits and crowded dining rooms.
“The rain keeps people away from the beach, cancels barbecues, brings people into town, so it really feels good,” said Gabrielle Zelepos, manager at Mystic Pizza.
Mystic’s downtown restaurant reported a consistent wait all day. They made over 2000 pizzas on Friday and Saturday only.
Zelepos said he has noticed a lot more traffic in recent weeks. She believes people feel more secure and venture out more.
“Crazy busy. We are truly grateful that our staff were able to handle this. We did an incredible volume, ”said Zelepos.
Local businesses in downtown Mystic also benefited from the rain. The Bank Square Books team at Mystic said it was also busy on Sunday.
“Because it’s not really beach time, people walk into the bookstore and we get a lot of foot traffic,” said Dakota Gates, who works at the store.
As the rain drove more people to Mystic, Abbott’s Lobsters in Noank had a slower holiday weekend.
The last weekend in May usually kicks off their summer season with long lines up the aisle. This year has been quieter, but people have ventured anyway. The team were grateful to be able to provide meals inside.
“It has helped us a lot as we now have unlimited seating capacity inside. And obviously we need it this weekend, ”said Deirdre Mears, Abbott’s co-owner.