Updated: 01/07/2013 7:12 AM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno
With the long hoped-for end to the NHL lockout near, workers sidelined by the labor conflict are eager to return to their normal paying jobs.
Kevin Geisen is co-owner of Eagle Street Grill, across the street from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, he says the lockout hurt business, "Hockey represents about 50 percent of our gross revenue. Bring back, we get half a season, hopefully we'll only loose a quarter of the business this season instead of all 50 percent. It means that we get to employ our full staff. You know, we got 22 people coming back to work and we're looking forward to it."
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the lockout has had the heaviest impact on the people who are employed by restaurants and the service industry in the area, "The fans are the ones that are hurt, the businesses that support the team are hurt, when they strike, or are locked out, so let's hope that this doesn't happen again."