Warm weather keeping seasonal businesses hot


MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — By the looks of the lunch line at Sea View Snack Bar you’d think it was the middle of summer not the middle of October.

Many lining up for a lunch outdoors.

“Strip roll and a small cheese fry,” says Michelle Woodmansee as she works the register. “Anything to drink for ya?”

The sounds of fried seafood and a burger sizzle behind her. Being one of Mystic’s outdoor eateries it is weather dependent and today’s sunny skies and summer-like temperatures are good for business.

“It definitely makes us extend our season,” says Woodmansee. “Absolutely.”

Twisters ice cream next door is usually closed by now but instead it continues to serve up frozen treats.

“Extending of the season,” says Greg Clifford or Groton. “You know still like summer. Feels right to come to these places.”

Alyce Hong who got a soft serve ice cream at Twisters is visiting from Virginia. She’s here to see the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

We asked her if this nice weather will influence where she decides to go to school. “Maybe because it was such a nice climate when we were here,” she answers. “So maybe.”

“Yesterday and today I can’t believe it. It’s as warm here as it is back home,” says Rozena Yoder.

Back home is Ohio for the Yoders and Bristol for the Plourdes.

“Fall’s been put on the back burner,” says Gill Plourde.

Both couples enjoying an outdoor lunch along the shoreline.

The Plourdes kept the top down on their convertible for the ride enjoying the foliage along the way.

They says it’s the best way to see it. “I think so yes,” says Linda Plourde. “You get to see all around,” adds her husband.

Frank Ross rode his motorcycle to work in Mystic this morning from Newington.

“Days like these are running out,” says Ross. “I have to take advantage of them.”

“We’ll look and see what the first week in November looks like and if we can stretch it out another week we will,” says Woodmansee.

The warm weather may be extending the season but as soon as the sun goes down and the temperatures drop Sea View closes up. It doesn’t stay open as late as it would in July.

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