"It's really put a damper on business," Gordon Cocke said back in September. "We are down 40 percent ever since construction has been going on."
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Cocke said that construction cost him $130,000. He said he made it all back and then some, during Super Bowl week.
"We were able to recoup what we lost, and then a little bit after that," said Cocke. "It was really good to see and hopefully we will get back to the normal swing of things."
The Pub was not alone, RAM General Manager Ross Katz said sales were soaring after struggling during construction.
"It was what we expected, and more," said Katz. "It was really great to see. All week we were busy."
Bar owners we talked with would not give us specific details about how well they did during Super Bowl week, but at Kilroy's they said they did three month's worth of business in just 10 days.
Cocke said, looking back, the road work was worth the worry. He is just hoping all the momentum generated during Super Bowl Week will continue throughout the other 51 weeks of the year.
"I think it will bring things back downtown," said Cocke. "I think the IDI has plans to make things nicer for the spring and summer and so we are excited to see what happens after all the clean up is over."