DENVER (KDVR) – With several sports teams playing in Denver and even out of town this weekend, local bars and restaurants were enjoying a nice boom in business.

“It’s a great time to be a Denver sports bar now,” said Kyle Hesseltine, general manager of the Denver Sports Column.

Hesseltine said that since the Avalanche was in the playoffs and won, they have seen a significant increase in fans who have seen the games. He said Rockies and Nuggets helped over the weekend too.

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“Just having that flow and that attitude when you win and go forward and we hope to see how far you go in the playoffs,” said Hesseltine.

Even if things are feeling normal again, the staffing issue related to places like bars and restaurants is still affected after the pandemic.

“We have a few personnel problems here and there. It’s an industry-wide problem that we’re seeing, ”said Hesseltine.

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Hesseltine said his bar hires new people every week to keep up with demand when things get normal. He said he imagined other bars on Blake Street going through the same thing.

“A lot of people took other jobs in a different place because they couldn’t go back to the restaurant business,” said Hesseltine.

But he is just happy that there are seats at his place.

“There was a big boost in business shortly after business resumed compared to last year,” said Hesseltine.

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