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Bad Weather Good For Restaurants

Gray skies drive sale of "comfort food"

By Consumer Bob
|  Tuesday, May 7, 2013  |  Updated 8:47 PM PDT
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Rainy Day and Comfort Food

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The gravy and biscuits at Janet's in El Cajon do especially well on rainy days.

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When Jeana Church wakes up to a day of bad weather, she knows it is time to get to work.

"I would say some days it could be 40 percent busier," said Jeana who's owned Janet's Cafe in El Cajon for 14 years. Jeana says rainy overcast days often bring in extra customers.

Greg Brown went to Janet's with his wife Donna, "I think in San Diego we're spoiled by the sun," said Brown, "When we don't have sun we're looking for someplace else."

Bryce Swaim took his workers to the cafe, "Kind of gloomy so might as well go out," said Swaim.

What are they ordering? Jeana Church says it's all about comfort food like soup and chicken fried steak.  Scott Eister came in for the Biscuits and Gravy.  Donna Brown says her idea of comfort food has to be sweet, "Muffins, pie and pancakes, all that good stuff," said Donna Brown.

Jeana Church says she makes sure she's ready for rainy days.

"If it's hot we do a lot of salads, if it's cold it is the gravy, the soup and we sell a lot of that," said Church.

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