San Francisco Business Owners Cheer Return Of Giants
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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The success of the San Francisco Giants last season has really been a boon for business owners around AT&T Park, many of whom are expecting a record year for sales in 2011.
Pete Osborn owns the King Street trio of Pete’s Tavern, Pedro’s Cantina and Momo’s, all of which sit right across the street from the ballpark. He said business went through the roof last year during the magical Giants run to the World Series.
“When we reach capacity, we reach capacity and we were in capacity through most of the last quarter of the season last year through the playoffs,” said Osborn. “What we’re anticipating this year is an extended run of capacity crowds based upon the ticket sales from across the street, the fan base and how wild they are for their team.”
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The Public House is physically connected to AT&T Park.
General Manager Alison Harper said that winning baseball down the stretch last year was better than any advertising they could have come up with.
“There were definitely a lot of people coming out to see the team toward the end of last year and now this year that maybe weren’t diehard fans during the season,” she said. “But them winning has definitely helped everything.”
Matthew Dondanville, the assistant general manager at Paragon Restaurant off of 2nd Street, said as luck would have it, they had planned long ago to make some major improvements over the winter.
“All of the wood, tiling and lighting is brand new,” Dondaville said. “We also built out a 45 person private dining room.”
He said the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, with more patrons than ever coming through the doors before, during and after Giants games.
After starting the season with six games on the road, the team hosted the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday afternoon before a sell out crowd, winning 5-4 in extra innings.
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