HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The crowds that hit downtown Huntsville Thursday and Friday nights brought record nights for two downtown restaurants.
Sam & Greg’s, on Washington Square, saw record sales on Thursday. Owner, Samantha Hathorn called it their “biggest day ever,” and cited a packed room and patio.
A few roads over, Pane E Vino in Big Spring Park saw similar success, reaching sales numbers they hadn’t seen in months.
“I wasn’t a expecting the boom that we got, and probably for about three hours we had a line out to door and down to the road,” said Kyle Davis, General Manager at Pane E Vino.
The loosened open container laws in the district also seemed to be a hit. Davis said on Thursday they sold an entire case of wine, when on any other Thursday they would have only sold on average, three bottles.
While it is clear that for the restaurants the district is good for business, Davis and Hathorn also believe it’s good for the city as a whole.
“I think that this kind of district is something that all growth-oriented towns are trying to do to revitalize their downtown,” said Hathorn. “When you see a downtown where people are walking and buying things, and taking their kids, it makes you feel like the whole town is alive.”