Eastern Shore restaurants have big Labor Day business

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Although thousands flocked to the beaches for the Labor Day weekend, many people still had to work on the national holiday.

Labor Day weekend was a huge weekend for many in the service industry, particularly for restaurants.

On a day when most businesses were closed, Mr. Gene’s Beans neon ice cream sign read “Open.” This was Katherine Word’s first holiday working at the ice cream shop and she said it was a hectic weekend.

“It’s a big day for us because a lot of people are off, hanging out with their family,” said Word. “There’s been a lot of people. It’s been really busy.”

Just down the street, the Gumbo Shack was open, too.  Danielle Burgman said it was a successful Labor Day.

Burgman has worked at the Gumbo Shack for four years. She said Labor Day is an important weekend to serve customers.

“We’re open because it’s a celebration weekend for Labor Day. And although a lot of people go to the beach, we want to make sure we can feed the people that come to the bay and the downtown community,” Burgman said.

Restaurant employees weren’t the only folks working this weekend.  Remember to thank your construction workers, law enforcement officials, military service men and women, doctors and nurses, and everyone else who had to work on this national holiday.

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