Jun. 14—MORGANTOWN — Local eateries admitted to having seen an increase in business over the last several weeks. Though, whether the escalation is a direct result of West Virginia's vaccine rollout and mask mandate updates or a final swell before the seasonal summer sink is up for debate.
Grace Hutchens, owner of Zeke's Breakfast & Bakes and Apothecary Ale House & Caf é downtown, said Zeke's was established less than a year ago, but Apothecary has been around for quite some time—so she has a better frame of reference for Apothecary than for Zeke's.
As far as Zeke's goes, Hutchens hasn't noticed a significant drop in visitors, even after a large portion of Morgantown's population left when West Virginia University's spring semester ended. Weekends there have remained consistent.
Over at Apothecary, Hutchens has witnessed a slow but steady month-by-month increase since the beginning of 2021. Many new faces have been seen at Apothecary, as well as old regulars returning.
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