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Hotels, Restaurants See Boom in Business After Snow Storm

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — It was a packed house at the Cracker Barrel in Holyoke Monday night as folks looked for some comfort food in what, for many of them, has become an uncomfortable situation.

“We’re melting snow to flush the toilets so it hasn’t been pleasant,” said Lisa Beluzo of Westfield.

“Our electric is down so we’ve come for a nice, hot meal,” said Patrick Flahive of Springfield.

You may have to wait a while, but at least at Cracker Barrel you know you’ll eventually get a table.  It’s a different story at area hotels, most of which are booked solid.

It’s not even a boom in business the staff at the Holyoke Hotel can enjoy because they say turning people away is heartbreaking.

“We’re sold out,” said manager Robin Dunn.  “We’ve been sold out for two days.  Saturday night we had people sleeping in the bar because we were out of rooms but we just couldn’t turn away people with the cold.”

“My wife had to call a number of places in the area,” said Terry Brassil of West Springfield.  “I can’t tell you how many.”

Luckily, Brassil’s wife was finally able to get through, so they’ll be staying at the Holyoke Hotel instead of their dark, cold home.

The staff at the Holyoke Hotel recommends you keep calling and checking to see if they have rooms available.  They say don’t book online.  The hotel has no internet service right now so they’ll have no record of your reservation.

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