On Saturday, spring training will start at the Saratoga Race Course instead of at the Oklahoma Training Track.
Local businesses are eager to have a bounce back summer.
The track season is when they make most of their money, even with some restrictions in place, they’re eager for the tourism to come back to the track.
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Hattie’s Restaurant on Phila Street has been around for decades and they had to close for several months during the height of the pandemic.
Bars and restaurants still have a curfew, but it was just moved from 11 p.m. to midnight this week.
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Hattie’s and the rest of the bars and restaurants in town can only operate at 75 percent capacity with six feet social distancing still intact.
Hattie’s manager Lona Hogan says their patio and the foot traffic may help them turn a few more tables. They’re hoping that things pick up in the peak summer months, saying,
“It’s a different restaurant in August. We’re five deep at the bar, we’re on an hour wait. It’s definitely when we rock and roll.”
The manager says that the best way for them to make money during the season would be if the capacity restrictions are lifted or modified.