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Biting cold puts a freeze on restaurant business

11:23 AM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Bitter weather and big snowstorms in the eastern half of the country have put a chill on the restaurant business.

Some merchants are finding sales cut in half this month. Diners and coffee shops are closing early, and waitresses are seeing their tips dwindle.

A deli owner in Cincinnati says business is down overall but adds that his takeout and delivery orders have never been so good.

Other businesses that rely on walk-ins and appointments are getting hit, too.

Toledo, Ohio, has seen a record amount of snow in January. A chiropractor there says a third of his patients have canceled in recent weeks. Most of his customers now are those hurting from shoveling snow.

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