With Cal Poly’s graduation ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of buddies and households of graduates have made their method to the Central Coast to rejoice. These buddies and households are giving a lift to San Luis Obispo’s native companies.
“It’s a lot greater than another weekend, as a result of persons are celebrating. Persons are getting collectively,” chef and proprietor of Mama’s Meatballs, Nicola Allegretta, mentioned.
Native eating places say they’ve been full of clients all weekend.
At Lodge SLO, they began to guide out for Cal Poly’s commencement final yr.
“Persons are reserving a yr out for commencement weekend with Cal Poly,” mentioned Lodge SLO supervisor David Smith. “Most likely by the top of August we’ll have this weekend subsequent yr booked out.”
Native companies ready weeks upfront by ordering extra stock and taking reservations.
“I made positive all the pieces was stocked and that we have now all the pieces on the menu. I additionally employed on an additional individual to assist,” mentioned Lotus proprietor and operator, Alexandra Nguyen.
However throughout the board, they’re nonetheless combating being short-staffed.
“Staffing has been powerful. I feel it has been for everybody proper now… however we’re continuously interviewing and continuously searching for extra associates proper now,” mentioned Smith.
Eating places and inns appeared again on how “quiet” enterprise was at the start of the pandemic final yr, when Cal Poly’s commencement was digital.
“Final yr we barely felt the commencement weekend. It was very quiet. Just about like a standard day,” mentioned Nguyen.
“The lodge was very, very quiet. It was simply coming again after having the ability to reopen and occupancies had been very, very low,” Smith added.
Enterprise house owners added that a lot of the native financial system has at all times been stimulated by Cal Poly college students and their households.
“We’ve got to say thanks a lot for Cal Poly, the scholars, the dad and mom, for being right here and to assist the native financial system,” mentioned Allegretta.
Native companies say the following increase they’re trying ahead to is when vacationers come to go to the Central Coast this summer season.