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Local restaurants either boom or bust with bridge closure

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 news) - Location, location, location. It's a key element in restaurant placement.

Lucky for restaurant Cotton general manger Drew Nash. His restaurant is right in the heart of the bridge closure traffic sitting on the corner of the Endom bridge.

"It is going to be good for us, business is defiantly going to have a large increase" says Nash.

Unfortunately every restaurant cannot be this lucky. Monroe landmark crawfish spot Riverside Coney Island is predicting a 50 percent decrease in sales due to their location on Louisville and Walnut. The bridge closure was not what owner Tom Hardy was hoping for during crawfish season.

"I am known for my crawfish and entertainment and a lot have their celebration from West Monroe and it may hurt me getting them over here it is probably going to hurt" says Hardy.

Hardy, like other businesses by the bridge, hope the closure will set an example of how the city can improve its transportation routes.

"It will show people that we really need another bridge over here" says Hardy.

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