Arctic blasts chill sales at U.S. restaurants

01/31/2014 | Associated Press, The

Freezing temperatures and snow storms in the Midwest and much of the East is proving bad for business at restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops, as the weather discourages even die-hard regulars from venturing out to eat. Some eateries say their sales have dropped by half this month and servers are struggling with fewer shifts and a steep decline in tips. "Some of the regulars, I haven't seen in a week and half, two weeks," said Elton Bregu, the owner of American Table Family Restaurant in Toledo, Ohio.

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