Said Stephen Starr, who owns about a dozen Philadelphia
restaurants: “This affected business worse than Hurricane Sandy.
The city scared all of our customers away. We have virtually no
reservations. This is unnecessary overkill. What should have been
a feeling of family and community was turned into a police and
The slowdown seems to have affected restaurants at all price
points. Business at the three casual Marathon Grills in Center
City has been “terrible, especially at 1818 Market St.,” said Cary
Borish, whose family owns the restaurants. “We spent a huge amount
of timing planning and investing in a lot of food and we wound up
donating much of it today. Major bummer.” He cited poor planning
on the city’s part.
This weekend was surreal here. It sounds bizarre that restaurants suffered during a weekend when the city had a million or so tourists, but I’m not surprised. It wasn’t a fun or festive atmosphere — it felt like a military occupation.