Page 12-Wednesday, July 19, 1978-The Michigan Daily
THRONG MAKES WORKERS HUSTLE
Hotels, restaurants mobilize for masses
By RICHARD BERKE
The onslaught of a quarter million
visitors to Ann Arbor for the Art Fair
comes as no surprise to local hotel,
restaurant, and bar owners who are
ready and waiting for the largest
crowds since graduation weekend.
The city's 2,250 hotel rooms have
been booked since early July, but David
Scully, director of Ann Arbor's Con-
ference and Visitors Bureau, said it's
never too late to find accommodations.
He said several hotels hold reser-
vations only until 6 p.m., so people in
search of last-minute lodging should
call hotels between that time and 7:30 to
find openings. Scully's office will
monitor lodging availabilities within a
50-mile radius of Ann Arbor.
Scully said he doesn't anticipate
"overwhelming" complications for
people looking for accommodations
during the Art Fair.
"The majority of people plan to come
for just the day or have already made
reservations," he said. "The only com-
plaint we usually get is from people
complaining they are not staying close
enough to the Art Fair."
Employees of most local hotels say
they welcome the business from Art
clerk at the Briarwood Hilton, which
was booked nearly two months ago for
the fair days.
Both the Ann Arbor Inn and the Bell
Tower Hotel booked all of their rooms
for the Art Fair days last April. The
Bell Tower has acquired a temporary
'Being an honest employee I must say
that we have to work too hard (during the
-Desk clerk, Briarwood Hilton
Fair crowds, but admit that the extra
people doesn't make work any easier
"Being an honest employee I must
say that we have to work too hard
(during the Art Fair)," said a desk
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front of the hotel's entrance on S.
Some hotel managers said the Art
Fair days will be nothing more than a
"We will get an unusual mixture of
people, but the crowd won't be much
different from usual," said Cathy Sut-
terley, sales director at the Campus
Inn. "But I think the flavor of the Art
Fair helps Ann Arbor be what it is."
Local restaurants have also been
priming for the influx of Art Fair
visitors by stepping up the number of
employees on duty.
Cathy Lohr, head hostess at the Real
Seafood Co., said 17 waitresses will be
working instead of the usual ten. "It's a
lot of fun - we're getting psyched up
for it," she said.
At the McDonalds on Maynard Street,
workers are readying for the "busiest
four days of the year." About 35 people
- twice the usual number - will staff
the golden arches.
At Baskin Robbin's ice cream store
on S. University, workers are gearing
up for customers in what will likely be
the busiest section of town during the
next few days. The store will roll a
freezer out on the sidewalk and sell ice
cream sandwiches to hungry tourists.
"The Hash Bash was messy and this
is supposed to be worse," commented
Baskin Robbins employee Greg Lotz.
At Pizza Bobs on S. State Street,
workers don't expect crowds much
larger, than -normal because, as one
employee stated, "South University is
really the place to be." But Harriet
Seaver, day manager, still looks for-
ward to the Art Fair. "We'll get the
fringe people and havea good time with
them," she said.
Workers at Frank's restaurant
welcome the business brought on by the
Art Fair, but said they're "glad it
doesn't lasta month."
The manager of the Second Chance
restaurant and bar plans to put a beer
and pop stand in front of the establish-
ment on E. Liberty Street. "It'll be hec-
tic, but profitable," he said.
Don Cisco's bar and restaurant
opened last night - just intfime to catch
the crowds. Management expects two
to three thousand customers over the
next few days.
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