SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --It's like having a party and no one shows up. That's how many downtown restaurants around Super Bowl City feel. At some restaurants, business has been cut in half and they can't wait for the Super Bowl to go away.
There were empty tables during lunch time at San Francisco's Slanted Door restaurant, which is something you never see. "Very bad, we've never seen anything like it. We're down 40 percent," Charles Phan said.
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Boulevard Restaurant, just outside Super Bowl City, typically has 140 people during the lunch hour, but on Thursday only 80 had made reservations. With all the closed streets, locals are finding it impossible to make it to the area. "It's worth mentioning that this not only affects Boulevard as a business, but all the people who work here. Their hours are cut, people are used to making money from tips," Peter Gisslow said.
Boulevard says it will take months to recover.
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The city and the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee thought having thousands of fans would be good for these restaurants. "It's a different kind of crowd, you know, You want to put your football jersey and eat a hot dog and play at Super Bowl City," Phan said.
Pubs like the Royal Exchange are that kind of place. They were packed for lunch and business is up. "Maybe a little bit more approachable for your average person from somewhere out of town. People aren't used to California prices out here," Andy Mott said.
And then there were those working from home. "Everyone in my office is telecommuting, me I'm just like 'yay I get to go to the event,'" San Francisco resident Kayla Garcia said.
Vendors at the farmer's market said this week has been a super bust.
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