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ARCTIC CHILL AFFECTS LOCAL RESTAURANT BUSINESS

Updated: Jan 6, 2014 09:49 PM

Despite the cold, when it comes to running a restaurant, the show must go on no matter how low the temperatures.

"Southwest Missouri this is the kind of weather we get," said local resident Ben Freeman. "It doesn't stop us. You know, we're hungry we just get out in it and go wherever we want."

Freeman may not let the cold stop him from eating out, but some local restaurant employees say it has stopped others.

According to cook Dalton M. Jones, the Arctic chill has caused an ebb in business. Making it necessary to cut daily shifts.

"We had four of us here and had to let everybody go but us," said Jones. "Definitely do not have that many employees. I mean, we can't afford that."

In various restaurants in downtown Joplin, empty seats were a plenty. One local manager decided to close early due to a lack of customers.

But the decline in diners does not concern Joplin restaurant owner Jacqueline Hackett. She says business has been slower, but loyal customers keep things moving ahead by dining in or ordering to go.

"It's really great to know that all we have to do is be here and have the doors open."

In order to prevent any wasted food due to slower business, Hackett says preparation is key.

"We just make sure that we fix orders as they come in. We don't cook up a lot of food and have it sitting."

The same goes for customers.

"We duck hunt and deer hunt and fish and all," said Freeman. We got meat in the freezer if we want to stay in the house and cook we can do that."

But whether 4-staters choose to dine out, grab a meal to go, or cook at home, there's one popular dish that warms everyone up.

"Chili! Chili!" said Jones.

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