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Some Oklahoma businesses hurt by federal shutdown

Steven Hosford, owner of 15th Street Grill near Tinker Air Force Base, has seen a significant decrease in lunchtime business since the shutdown.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON jsutton@opubco.com Published: October 4, 2013

On Day 3 of the government shutdown, the ripple effects were being felt at businesses outside of Tinker Air Force Base.

The base is the largest federal employer in Oklahoma, and 2,900 of its civilian workers are on furlough until federal funding continues.

Steven Hosford, who owns 15th Street Grill near Tinker, said Thursday his business has decreased significantly in the past few days.

The restaurant depends on the lunch crowd from the base, and without those diners the business struggles.

“Our business is mostly Tinker employees, and when they can't work, everyone is affected by that,” he said.

Hosford said when Tinker employees were furloughed during the summer his business was cut in half. As a result, he had to lay off four employees he could no longer afford to pay.

Now working with a “bare bones” staff, he said he doesn't know how else to deal with a decrease in business.

“There's not much you can do,” he said.

Alan King, who works at Akropolis Greek Restaurant, said he has seen the same decline in business this week.

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