Crowds expected at some bars, restaurants; Others still struggling to stay open

PITTSBURGH — While some bars and restaurants were expecting large crowds tonight, there were some business owners who were still struggling to stay open.

“Things are definitely getting better but we are far from being out of harm’s way,” said Carleen King, owner of Carmi’s Soul Food restaurant.

King’s place is on the South Side. She said they are normally busy the night before Thanksgiving.

“It’s extremely hard. We’re worried everyday whether or not we will be able to maintain the business,” she said. “We’re doing something called family-style dining. SO we don’t have servers during the week. So during the week we have cafeteria-style eating.”

King said they’ve been able to eliminate servers, dish washers, bussing staff and they’re closing earlier to try to save money.

On East Carson Street, “Help Wanted” signs hang in dozens of windows on both sides of the road.

Despite the scene at Carmi’s Soul Food, Pittsburgh Police said they were increasing patrols and were expecting large crowds.