Modesto Businesses Split on Grand Prix Event

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Thousands of people poured into the streets over the weekend for the first ever Modesto Grand Prix.

Some local restaurants said they didn’t get the traffic they needed though.

“When I walked in at 6 o’clock when it’s generally full, the nine faces staring at me were all my employees,” said restaurant owner Paul Tremayne.

Tremayne owns a few restaurants in downtown and says business was so bad for him, he closed one restaurant on Sunday.

He hopes the event doesn’t return next year unless major changes are made.

“We were inside two sets of gates. The gates for the event and the gates for the race track. So it was really hard,” said Tremayne.

Councilmember Jenny Kenoyer says there are many ways the city could have done a better job.

“I think we have to look at how we can get people from one side of the street to the other,” said Kenoyer.

The city also says it could have put up better signage to navigate people. They also said they could have done more to put emphasis on local businesses.

There were some businesses that saw a boost in revenue from the event.

Hanibal Yadegar, owner of the barking dog grill, says tweaks need to be made, but he was happy overall.

“Downtown Modesto, we’re always complaining about lack of foot traffic. And here it was, three days in a row, people of Modesto and surrounding areas had a place to come to. Seventy percent of my customers, 60-70 percent of them were new,” said Yadegar.

Modesto Businesses Having Grand Prix Problems

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