Busiest Week in 5 Years for Downtown Rockford

By: Raquel Moore
By: Raquel Moore

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- "Helps our business a lot, especially for the earlier portion of the night. We generally get busier later so it's nice to have that boost in the early evening," says Phyllis Gallisath, Manager of Kryptonite.

There's not one empty seat at Kryptonite bar in downtown Rockford, a sight manager Phyllis Gallisath is getting used to. She says the bar has been packed all week thanks to big events downtown.

23 News reporter Raquel Moore says, "BMO employees tell me it's been one of the busiest weeks for downtown Rockford in nearly 4 and a half years. 8 events in just 6 night, and headlining tonight is country music star Justin Moore."

Events like this mean big business for Rockford, but it's not just the BMO bringing in big crowds for concerts and hockey games. On Monday, the Coronado had a sold out showing of The Million Dollar Quartet.

"That means its outside money coming into Rockford. Spending money at our restaurants, spending money on our parking, spending more money on our facilities. So it's bringing more people in from outside the area," says Gordon Kaye, Executive Director of R.A.V.E.

Just how much money are we talking? RAVE doesn't have the final numbers yet, but Gallisath says this week she's going home with more money than normal. Local businesses hope the Forest City makes a good impression on the performers too, to keep them coming back.

"This area has always been great to me and I suspect tonight won't be any different. We get to go out there tonight and make them think this is the only show we play all year," says country music star Justin Moore.


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