Some businesses hope to cash in on poor weather at Thunder - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Some businesses hope to cash in on poor weather at Thunder


By Chris Wright WDRB-TV Fox 41 News


The potential weather and rising river could cause all sorts of headaches for Thunder spectators. Still, there are some options for people looking for higher ground.

You can watch the fireworks, and still be high and dry, at places like Rocky's Jeffersonville. You can also make last-minute reservations at some places, but it will cost you.

The parking lot usually reserved for Louisville Science Center employees is being transformed into the venue for the museum's annual Thunderblast. It's right on the river, but unlike the Great Lawn, it's 20 feet above the Ohio.

Mark Sieckman says ever since the water started rising, and the forecast for Saturday remained gloomy, there's been more demand for tickets.

"We've definitely seen a little increase in ticket sales throughout the last couple days. We're going to have over a thousand people here Saturday, and probably more," said Sieckman.

$65 will get science center members in. It's $85 for everyone else.

On the other side of the river, the Bristol Bar and Grille sits high above the floodwaters. The weather's been a mixed blessing for general manager Scott Harper. He hardly has any spots left inside, but people have been reluctant to buy patio seats. Inside or out will cost you $170.

"Usually we start filling up the patio at this point. Everyone will see it's warmer, it's got a pretty day coming. That's just not going to happen this year," said Scott.

The water is creeping up to the tents at Rocky's and Buckheads, but organizers are confident it won't get much higher. They say the flooding has been a boon for business. Instead of planning for a smaller crowd, the restaurants are adding more seats to meet demand.

"There will be an additional 100 people we can take on that might have been going some place else originally can come to us. We'll be able to have them and have a great day," said general manager Tom Kapfhammer.

Prices for a seat at Rocky's are in line with other river restaurants. $85 will get you through the door.

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