TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Government workers are enjoying a four-day weekend after Gov. Laura Kelly announced a government shutdown due to weather on Friday.
A local business that’s located less than a block away from the Capitol and other government buildings is taking a hit.
The Celtic Fox, a local Irish pub, usually has a lunch crowd full of government employees, and even more when the Legislature is in session. On Friday, the restaurant’s crowd dropped by about 60%.
The restaurant still had hungry customers brave the cold to come in, just not all at once like usual.
“You’d be surprised. There’s still a lot of people that do get out regardless of the weather,” General Manager Katie Turner said. “Usually, it’s not a great day but it’s still worth opening the doors.”
State employees will return on Tuesday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.