Not only are the kids back in school, but this also is the time of year when attention returns to football. This change of seasons means local restaurants and bars are going to be fighting for your business. Some are starting to push their “Kids Eat Free” nights – they’d really like you to come watch the games at their establishments.
For our family, eating out during the week is simply a convenience, as time becomes scarce with both school and after-school activities. We’ve found that if you pay close attention to the bar/restaurant promotions, you can find places where kids eat free almost every week night.
We’ve also found over the years that most restaurants’ promotions begin in September, though we’re currently waiting on many of the local establishments to provide their information. Once the promotions are set, they usually stay that way until they get a chance to reset in May, for summer. Once people establish their routines, they are difficult to change.
Throw next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on top of all of the usual yearly transitions, and you can bet that September is going to be a bit of a mess. The convention also spans a HUGE holiday weekend – Labor Day. Based on everything that I’ve heard about the issues uptown, I have a sneaking suspicion that we’re going to have quite a few visitors to the lake area beginning Friday.
While the business owners are going to try to maximize revenue they will be unlikely to start offering their fall/winter discounts and specials until after the DNC has come and gone. I can’t believe I’m even writing about the DNC, since I’ve been sick of hearing and reading about it for the past several months. Long story short: The DNC will be over soon, and with the kids back in school, life should return to normal … whatever that means.
I will be on the lake for this holiday weekend, and since I highly doubt any of our visitors will have boats – it will be the best place to avoid all the chaos that is predicted to come our way. So, if you’re wondering how to avoid the DNC, and you don’t have a boat … this might be a good weekend to rent one – if they are still available.
Be safe over this holiday weekend, because DNC or no DNC law enforcement is always out in full force on goliday weekends. Next week, I’ll be providing info for some great annual end of summer events such as, Rock the Dock VI, Wake the Lake, and BeerFest 2012.
Nate Davis is a Cornelius resident and web entrepreneur. He owns LKNfun.com.