Opening Day Could Mean Extra Cash for Local Businesses

By Max Resnik

April 5, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – With some 8,000 fans headed to Parkview Field for the opening day of the TinCaps season, downtown businesses are expected to benefit from the year’s first ballgame.

One business hoping to get a bite of the economic impact pie is local pizza restaurant Pint & Slice located at 816 Calhoun St. The local eatery known for its suds and slices makes about 60 fresh pizzas daily for Fort Wayne’s hungry. With six slices in each pie, Pint & Slice dishes about 360 slices everyday in addition to pints of beer, cups of soda and some bug juice for thirsty kids.

Pint & Slice’s general manager, Angela Twiss, says coming to Pint & Slice is like going to a friend’s house to hang out.

“It's just like going to a buddy's house. You come in, grab something to eat, reach in the fridge, grab what you want to drink and leave some money on the table. That's why we like it around here.”

With the impending rush to the park, Twiss and her team of pizza chefs began prepping for opening day just after noon. The focus for them is getting their fresh ingridients chopped and ready to serve as they prepare for what is perhaps their third biggest day of the year.

“All of our produce comes in fresh so we'd be talking about prepping, cutting up our onions, our green peppers, our tomatoes. You know, whatever it may be. Pushing out pans of pizza. Just trying to get prepared for the chaos that may or may not ensue.”

Chaos is what Twiss is looking for on opening day. She says the goal is to double business. That means at least 720 slices served, hundreds of pints, lots of pop and lots of juice. That also means maintaining a steady flow of hungry Hoosiers—at least 500 for opening day—in a line that is out the door. Twiss hopes to rake in $3,000 to $6,000 in a five hour span.

“The more the merrier. When you see a packed restaurant, you want to come in and see what the commotion is all about.”

Twiss says she expects the busiest hours to be between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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