Shorter lunch breaks affect downtown businesses

Several downtown businesses and state offices have given employees the option for a shortened 30 minute lunch for years.

Tom Peterson with Associated Commercial Brokers says he believes the lost half hour has impacted business downtown, giving employees less time to spend in shops.

Some businesses downtown have adapted to this shorter lunch hour and gotten creative when it comes to bringing customers in. However, Vince Frye with Downtown Topeka Inc. says the lunch hour isn’t really a problem. He says they have several businesses wanting to come downtown.

“Schedules change, businesses alter their personnel policies, but the reality is downtown has 20 to 30 thousand people working here every day of the week.”

The Break Room is one of the businesses who has thought of a new way to get customers inside. They have shortened their menu and put notes next to certain dishes that take longer to prepare.


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