Downtown businesses impacted by festivals

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s that time of the year again — a time for fun, food and music during summer festivals.

Although the events have a lot to offer, for some downtown businesses what’s going on outside their door is keeping customers from coming in.

“I can see how they’d be a little upset that it’s interfering with their business,” said Ken McCammon, Friends of Downtown president.

McCammon said although the gated events can lead to customers opting for another business.

“They’re asked to pay admission, and they’ll say, ‘Hey there’s a great restaurant down the street, we’ll just use our admission money and go eat there instead.’ So, I think it does really affect the businesses,” said McCammon.

According to Lenehan’s Pub owner Jonas Lenehan, the festivals offer something positive for his business.

“Not being as established as the other bars and restaurants downtown, I know it’s been really good for us just as far as the exposure aspect of it,” said Lenehan.

Although business may be slow for one evening, Lenehan said it’s worth it.

“It might slow down a bit during the festival, but anytime you’ve got thousands of people walking by your establishment and getting that exposure. It’s never going to be a bad thing for business,” said Lenehan.

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