Businesses glad to have people back in the Deer District, despite smaller crowds

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — With the Bucks back in business, so is the Deer District and the businesses that call it home.

While there was a lot of energy out in the Deer District Tuesday night, Out. 19, it was a fraction of the amount of people we saw during play-offs, and some businesses were expecting a little more than what came out.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the banner go up and I’m looking forward to getting our rings,” said Bucks fan Valarie Olinger, “And then we’re about to knock out Brooklyn.”

Everyone was out at the Deer District Tuesday night for one reason or another, either to celebrate the championship or to just hang out.

“We’re here to watch people, we’re not even going into the game, just you know, the energy,” said Najib Hassan, who came out to skate with his friends.

Some people, like Pavielle and Amari Colbert, traveled seven hours from Tennessee to see the season opener.

“I promised we were going to go to the parade but we didn’t make it, so we’re here for ring night,” said Pavielle.

“I’m excited to see Giannis, I’m excited to see the Bucks destroy the Brooklyn Nets and Giannis’ dunking on Kevin Durant,” said Amari.

Businesses were there to take advantage of it all, like David Roberson, dressed like Superman, slinging hotdogs.

“I’ve lost count bro,” said Roberson, talking about how quickly he was moving hot dogs, “I’ve already gone through three or four packs.”

Over at the Drink Wisconsinbly Pub, manager Mike Guardalabene said it’s good to have the regular crowds back.

“It’s nice to get back into the swing of things, so usually we’re not even open for Mondays and Tuesdays, but obviously for a special occasion we’re gonna be here,” said Guardalabene.

Although he said it wasn’t as large of a showing as they were expecting for ring night, or the season opener.

“Maybe even a little bit less so for a season opener, but you know for mid-week, kind of early on in the season, I think it’ll be what we’re looking at kind of going forward,” said Guardalabene.

It’ll all be happening again Wednesday.



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