CLEVELAND – Carney’s in-apartment bar has a reputation similar to that of the City of Cleveland. It is known to be a blue collar that bleeds orange and brown.
“I look forward to the Browns season every year. Everyone’s full on the deck and out here, ”said Tiffany Lee, the owner of Carney.
Lee bought the bar, which has been around since 1976, from her uncle three years ago.
“It was fun the first two years,” she said.
And like a real Cleveland, she’s used to losing seasons, but never one like the one that started the pandemic.
“You won’t know how long you’re going to be open. They can’t schedule events. You don’t want to have too many people here,” she said. “It’s hard for me. It’s hard for the staff. It’s heartbreaking not to see so many regulars here. “
She said a playoff win like the one the Browns saw on Sunday would have been great for business.
“It would have been thousands,” said Lee.
But people don’t want to have to leave after the first half, so a lot of them don’t come.
“All of our sales are based on alcohol sales. Since we don’t have a kitchen and these hours are shortened to 10:00 p.m., our legs are cut off, ”she said.
Dave Gilbert, the CEO of Destination Cleveland, said while the tourism and hospitality industry is yet to see the fruits of Baker Mayfield’s labors, he hopes it will soon.
“I am very confident for the Browns. This is not this is not a one and done. I think we will see these victories for many years to come, ”he said.
Gilbert said this could prepare the city of Cleveland for a faster comeback once the pandemic is over.
“I think the more we are seen on national television, the more our community is seen as winners, the greater the chances of winning in areas where we compete against other cities for the rights to host major events. ” he said.
Events like the 2019 MLB All Star Game and the upcoming 2021 NFL draft.
But to Lee, the saying “There’s always next year” sounds truer than ever.
“We’ll stay there,” she said. “Hopefully we can have that for next season. This is all I want. “
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