BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — When winter weather hits region, some businesses take one, too, like the restaurant business.
“People from the suburbs don’t [go out],” said Tony Martina, the chef at Blue Monk. “They’re not going to drive on the 90, and last year during the storm, me personally, it’s been an issue. Like ‘Oh will I be able to get home easily.'”
Martina said Blue Monk is luckier than some other restaurants, as they’re in the Elmwood Village and people can walk there; he adds business does slow quite a bit when the winter weather picks up but booms after the snow stops and roads clear.
“Tonight is actually one of our busiest nights this week,” said the head chef. “I think everybody has had a little bit of cabin fever and they want to get out and have good beer.”
This is also the busiest night at Canalside this week – boasting a crowd with around 250 people; that’s coming in comparison to only have numbers in the 70’s and 80’s earlier in the week.
“Really any time when it’s 35 degrees and below is awesome to come out,” said Ryan Coate, the General Manager at Canalside. “As long as it’s not below zero, it’s perfect to capitalize on the winter weather we have here in Buffalo.”
Winter weather means money and crowds for places like Canalside with outdoor activities.
“It’s wonderful just to be out in the elements,” said Father Jud Weiksnar, a season pass holder for the ice rink.
He has been skating since 6th grade and now comes to the rink at Canalside almost daily. He isn’t letting Old Man Winter stop him from skating.
“It was very windy the other day but the ice has been great this year.”
“It’s cold,” said Caleb Lee, a hockey player passing around the puck with some buddies as they play pond hockey. “People come out though. They like it out. It shows the heart of people to come out and play in the cold.”
There will be plenty of opportunities to check out Canalside in the winter elements when they have their inaugural Chillibration, January 15-18. During that time, they’re also hoping to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest and longest Ice Line – think conga line on skates. That is open to the public starting at 7 a.m. Saturday; the line itself starts at 8 a.m. Participants must be able skaters with their own set of skates. The record to beat is over 350 people; Canalside will cap the participation at 600 people.