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Oct 4, 2013 6:19 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Government Shutdown Affects Restaurants on NAS Drive

CORPUS CHRISTI - The furloughs at NAS Corpus Christi are beginning to take a toll on restaurants along NAS Drive. They aren't seeing as many customers now that many base workers are out of work.

"We're dependent on that base. I mean without the base... We all are going to close," said Julie Fenner owner of Boardwalk Café on NAS Drive.

This is a fear most restaurant owners are having on NAS Drive. With the government shutdown forcing employees on the base to be on furlough means no customers for these restaurants.

"We just got over the furlough and people are still trying to recoup from that. And now with the government shutdown, our business has dropped even more," said Fenner.

So much that Fenner says she even had to lay off two of her employees yesterday. She says if this continues she says she may need to lay off more. With fear that this government shutdown will continue, restaurant owners out on NAS Drive are begging residents to save them from shutting down too.

"We all are gonna close, I mean if we don't get our locals to come out a this time. We really need the locals," said Fenner.

A spokesperson with NAS Corpus Christi says he has no idea when the furloughs will end. He says it all depends on when this government shutdown ends.

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