A number of mid-Missouri businesses stayed open during Monday's Labor Day holiday by necessity or by choice.
J Pfenny's Sports Grill & Pub owner Dan Pfenenger told KRCG 13 his three-year-old restaurant started opening on Labor Day last year to take advantage of the extra crowds. He said he closed his restaurant on Sunday, normally a business day, to give his employees a day off in exchange for working on Labor Day. His son, Jordan, who was working as a bartender Monday, said business was about the same as a regular Monday.
Across town at Zesto's Drive-In, general manager Mark Freeman said he has never had a Labor Day off in his 23 years working there. He said Zesto's has to stay open because it is a small business. Freeman said traffic was slow Monday afternoon but he expected it to get very busy that evening.
"It will definitely get crazy tonight," he said.
Meanwhile, at the Post Office Bar & Grill in Fulton, general manager Kim Diekmann said this year's Labor Day crowd was the biggest she had ever seen and attributed it to nice weather and a new patio. She said her restaurant has to stay open 365 days a year to give people a place to eat, especially if they are traveling.