After a slow holiday weekend last year, downtown businesses are ready for summer crowds to return

DENVER — This summer is shaping up to be a busy one for bars and restaurants around the Rockies stadium. Along with a return of the baseball crowds, Fourth of July firework displays are happening once again this year, promising to bring thousands to the stadium.

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After that, Colorado will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, meaning even more crowds heading to the area and bringing big business to the area.

Last year, business was tough for Jeremy Williamson, the owner of Ballpark Vienna Beef, a hot dog shop one block from the stadium. It was so bad Williamson decided to close down his All-American restaurant on a holiday known for hot dogs.

“I was deciding not to open on July 4 just because it was super dead out here,” he said. “Our business dropped maybe 5% of normal.”

Business was so bad the shop made just $65 on Opening Day for the Rockies last year.

Williamson stopped…

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