Show-Me State Games Boost Downtown Restaurants\' Business

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COLUMBIA - Downtown Restaurant employees said the "Show-Me State Games" bring extra business to the area every year. This year restaurants have seen even more business than past years.

Ingredient Restaurant General Manager Danielle Lombardo says Ingredient made about 16 hundred dollars of revenue on Friday night. She said last year on the Friday night of Show Me State Games the restaurant made 900 dollars.

"It's been a huge increase," Lombardo said. "Last night they [Show Me State Game goers] upped our sales about 80 percent."

Doug Stockton, manager of Quinton's Deli and Bar, said the Show Me State Games affect his business directly and indirectly. "It affects the entire downtown area," Stockton said.

Both managers said they noticed another difference about this year's business compared to the same time last year. Lombardo said she has seen multiple people come to Ingredient restaurant wearing red.

Thousands of people dressed in red Saturday to honor fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt. His funeral was at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church on Broadway Street. Between the Show Me State Games and Wyatt's funeral, the downtown area on Saturday was packed.

"Words can't describe how fantastic, how neat that is," Stockton said of people wearing red.

Across town on Old Highway 63, Sky Hi Grill said Show Me State Games have brought them more business as well. Employee Angel Carrasquillo said Friday nights are always busy, but the Friday night of Show Me State Games Sky Hi was exceptionally busy.

"Compared to last Friday, I saw a lot of Sushi," Carrasquillo said, who specializes at making Sushi for the grill. "And I know that the kitchen was very busy as well."

Restaurants said they expect business to stay busy for the remainder of the Show Me State Games. The games run the weekend of July 20 - 22, and again on July 27 - 29.