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Archive for December, 2002

Cafe business up in smoke

 
Friday, December 20th, 2002

Savanna, GA

The owners of the village’s only diner, one of the few businesses on Main Street, say they will close for good Dec. 29. They blame Wayne County’s no-smoking law, which passed in January…The diner will be closing Dec. 29. We’d still be here, Doug Devall said, if the law hadn’t passed.

Sales were down $3,000 in July 2002 compared to July 2001. Hardest hit were on Friday nights and Sunday mornings.

Most of them are crying their eyes out because we’re closing, but I can’t keep robbing Peter to pay Paul, he said. The bottom line: He needs around $800 a day to survive, said the couple. It’s the days when less than $100 comes in and then the propane truck pulls in and there’s a $400 bill to pay, those are the days that hurt, he said.

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