Hot temps disappoint outdoor business owners

By WEEK Reporter

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- As the heat wave continues, some local outdoor business owners say their income is down because of it.

The food carts in downtown Peoria are taking a financial hit. Some owners are noticing as much as a 50-percent decrease in their business with the increase in temperatures.

One worker of the Haddad's Restaurant cart said the weather is forcing people to stay inside.

Wendy Hauk, a worker at Haddad's Restaurant said, "It's been slow, I mean people are wanting to stay in air condition. You know, it's too hot to come out, you know normally they like to come out and sit on the bench, and just enjoy the outdoors but it's not enjoyable."

Workers and owners of the carts are also taking extra precautions to keep the food and themselves cool by keeping more ice on the food. They are also staying out of the sun and drinking plenty of water whenever possible.

One thing is for sure, they are all hoping for some rain and a drop in temperature very soon.

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