Updated: 10/15/2013 11:15 PM
Created: 10/15/2013 4:28 PM KSTP.com
By: Jessica Miles
You don't have to be an employee of the federal government to feel the impact of the shutdown.
With federal employees off the job, restaurants near those federal buildings are also suffering.
Alary's Bar in St. Paul is is one of them. Happy hour is popular, but bartenders say the crowds have been down in the last couple of weeks.
"It's a noticeable drop, our happy hour goes 4 to 6 p.m., and you have the bar pretty much filled up, and there's been 1/3 to 1/2 as many people right now," says Alary's bartender Rob Ausdemore.
A few blocks away, American Burger Bar has seen a significant drop in their lunch business.
Both places are offering incentives to furloughed employees. They're among eight St. Paul bar and restaurants hoping a free beer will get people out, give them a place to vent, and lift their spirits.
Those eight locations: Alary's Bar, Bennett's Chop and Railhouse, Burger Moe's, Cherokee Tavern, Eagle Street Grille, The Liffey, American Burger Bar and Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub are offering a free beer, anytime, to furloughed workers until the shutdown ends.