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Restaurants seeing benefits of Black Friday

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) --  You're not going to see any lines forming overnight or any doorbusters once you get in, but restaurants are one of the many places benefiting from Black Friday.

For the mobs of shoppers competing to come away with the day's best deals, the strategizing never ends.

Not even for lunch.

"It seemed like the mall was getting busier at this time, so more people were coming out.  So I figured if people are coming out, then I need to go eat," said Mike Decker of Muscatine.

For those taking part in the marathon shopping spree that is Black Friday, it's important to find time to refuel.

''We were starving.  It was kind of a rough morning,'' said Kelly Zimmerman, who's visiting relatives in Mt. Pleasant.

Many restaurants reported increased crowds from Black Friday's in recent years.  Buffalo Wild Wings in Coralville saw a steady flow of customers all day.

"This is probably as busy a Black Friday as early a Black Friday as we've had in a long time,'' said Rick Adams, a waiter at the restaurant.

To handle the increased crowds, a veteran wait staff is working and additional staff will be brought in during the evening hours.

It's a good sign for businesses and the once-struggling economy.  The national retail federation predicts holiday sales this year will increase by two point three percent from last year.

For many, crowded stores and restaurants this holiday season may be a little easier to stomach, hoping the economy is indeed coming around.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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