Businesses at the lake gear up for the holidays
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Restaurant owners are heading into the holiday season ready to handle the winter customers and weather.
The last two decades show an increase in food industry start ups in Camden County at the lake, according to the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council.
This year, there is a shorter turnaround time between holidays in November to December. College students are leaving to go home for the holidays. This means growing businesses are losing not only their customers, but staff too.
Bill Borders, owner of Italian restaurant Li'l Rizzo's, says their experience helps them know how to prepare for this.
"I think people who are new to the lake area get hurt by it, but when you've been here a couple of years you know what to expect," Borders said.
Rielly Parungao, assistant manager of Redhead Yacht Club, says his staff is also ready for the year's quick turnaround from Thanksgiving to winter break.
"You just have to be ready and have everyone trained properly so that we can handle the capacity of everybody coming in," Parungao said.
Both restaurants offer seasonal deals to promote their business during the holidays.