Chicago Blackhawks

Bars near United Center say lockout hurts business

CHICAGO – The NHL lockout has businesses near Chicago’s United Center feeling the pinch.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that bars and restaurants around the facility where the Blackhawks play are seeing up to 25 percent less in sales.

Greg Mammoser is manager of CrossRoads Bar & Grill. He says he’s had to lay off people since the NHL lockout began.

Chris Wortendyke is manager of the Beer Bistro, and he says revenue is down 20 to 25 percent.

At least 625 games, more than 50 percent of the schedule, have been wiped out, along with the Winter Classic and the All-Star game.

All games through Jan. 14 have already been canceled.

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