Music, Royals, And Sunshine Bring Business To Beale

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(Memphis) Three big factors played into booming business for Beale Street last weekend: the music festival, royals visiting town, and gorgeous weather.

Business owners say they believe if it continues like this, they are going to have a banner year.

"Our Saturday was crazy, and that was just the start of everything!" Flynn's Restaurant manager Kewani Kizer said.

It's the start of what Beale Street business owners say is already becoming a record breaking Memphis in May.

Jeff Goss of Blues City Café said, "We set a record here at Blues City for business on Saturday, which was awesome. We had a full house at 4:30 in the morning! Ribs and catfish for breakfast!"

It was all blue skies and sunshine for the Beale Street Music Festival.

"It's probably the first year in seven or eight years that we've had sunshine all three days," Goss said. "Business was phenomenal!"

Adding to the weekend excitement, two princes came to the home of the King.

Prince William and Prince Harry were in town to attend a friend's wedding, and royal watchers were out in full force.

"The crowds that followed those guys around were massive!" Kizer said, laughing.

With the added traffic, came added workloads.

"I worked 47 hours in two and a half days," Goss admitted. "But, I have a lot of people who work for me who worked that much, too. They work hard. So, it was good for them to get a pay day."

Even without royalty in the Bluff City, business owners on Beale Street are hopeful this weekend will be just as successful as the last.

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