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Appetites spring ahead


Warmer weather boosts restaurants



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Linda Bassan serves up Ralph Jolinís breakfast at Fedeleís coffee shop on Central Street in Southbridge Sunday morning. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
March 28, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE —†With the annual onset of warmer weather inevitably comes more foot traffic on the sidewalks of Southbridge.

For some proprietors of local eateries, that translates directly to an increase in customers. For others, it is the curse of the summertime.

Owner of the Elm Street Café on Elm Street, Jeremy Buteau, said the string of warm — or at least sunny —†days has caused a boon in business.

"Absolutely it has," Buteau said of the help the sun has lent his restaurant. "It's definitely helping, weather-wise."

Although he has a steady stream of regular customers who frequent Elm Center throughout the year, Buteau said the recent increase in business is a yearly trend.

"Every year in March and April, it should start to pick up for us," he said. "We've seen a lot of new faces though lately, which is nice to see."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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