Memorial Day weather cooks up big restaurant crowds

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COUNCE, Tenn. — Restaurant owners said they were busier than on last year’s Memorial Day holiday because more people chose to stay dry and eat inside. Owners at R&B Barbeque and Restaurant said they saw about 800 customers this holiday versus 500 last year, and the threat of bad weather didn’t stop their booming business. The parking lot was full, and residents said it’s mostly tourists coming from nearby Pickwick Lake. “After I get through fishing, I come here and eat their barbecue,” patron Clint Newton said. Co-owner Earla Meter said the weather was drawing more tourists off the lake and inside their restaurant to celebrate the holiday where it’s dry. “It just depends on how many people are actually up here for Memorial Day weekend or any weekend, and the rain never seems to scare them away,” Meter said. Meter’s restaurant was one of the only ones open during the holiday. She said she’s hoping this is just the beginning of more full-parking-lot days this summer.

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