RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Washington Redskins Training camp starts on Thursday and nearby restaurant owners hope the thousands who visit the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training center, will also visit local businesses as well.
Many restaurants are adding discounts and are making additional accommodations for potential patrons.
“We are opening at 10 a.m. because the first session begins at 8:30, and we will be serving brunch all the way to 3 p.m,,” says Heath Dye at the Pig and Pearl restaurant at 2053 W. Broad Street.
The restaurant will be hosting NFL hall of famers Art Monk and Darrell Green on August 4th. Customers who want to see the former Redskins players can pay anywhere for $15 to $50 for a picture, autograph or other items.
Dye says Redskins players Pierre Garcon and Alfred Morris will visit the restaurant on August 5th from 5 – 7 p.m.
“We definitely think it’s going to drum up our business,” says Dye.
Less than two miles away on N. Robinson St., restaurants owners hope Redskins fans will visit businesses in the Fan, some of which are offering discounts.
“If you are wearing a Redskins jersey, you come in, you buy one lunch, you get the second one half price,” says George Tarasovic, a manager at Curbside Cafe, located at 2525 Hanover Ave.
Buddy’s Restaurant at 325 N. Robinson street is also offering specials throughout camp.
“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, there are definitely specials, that will save you a little bit of pocket change,” says Tucker Condry, an employee at Buddy’s.
Officials with the city of Richmond say $10 million dollars went to local businesses during camp last year, and with the New England Patriots visiting town this year, business owners hope the revenue generated will be even greater.
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