Businesses get a taste of All-Star Game boom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - "They wanted sauce right?" said KB, standing in front of two big black doors that swing open and reveal racks of smoky ribs and brisket.

LC's Bar-B-Q is almost always busy - but even more so now. Even though the All-Star Game is weeks away, LC's is already getting a taste of how business will boom when fans are in town.

"They might start tailgating here!" laughs LC Richardson. He said people are already booking brisket and planning on pounds of ribs for the week of the big game.

So many people are reserving their food from LC's, Richardson said business is looking to beef up by 50 percent.

"They want parties for 40 people or 60 and on and on and on," he said.

Richardson's not the only one seeing a surge.

Rooms near the stadium are disappearing, too. There are only a handful of them left at the American Inn just a few miles down I-70.

"July is always busy, but we're getting sell-out calls and that is awesome," said American Inn staff member Carol McCoy.

Rooms are also disappearing miles away near Crown Center. The Westin and Sheraton will be decked out by Major League Baseball in All-Star Game glory for the event.

"It is our one opportunity to really showcase what we have to offer in Kansas City, and how great of a place this is," said Rick Wing, who works at the Westin & Sheraton.

"Baseball and barbeque and Kansas City (are) the bomb," laughed LC Richardson. "It really is."

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