Hockey Returns Fans to Arena District
Updated: Monday, January 21 2013, 11:41 PM EST
COLUMBUS -- Hockey is back and so are the customers restaurants in the Arena District rely upon.
Even the fans realize how much Columbus businesses needed hockey.
"They need everyone who's coming back to the Jackets to come back to the businesses too," Allen Hawks said.
Some places in the Arena District lost up to a third of its customers during the NHL lockout which officially ended earlier this month.
"Just not having games for that short period of time, it's not detrimental but it's good to have the crowd back," restaurant manager, Michael Darr said.
The crowds came back, packing places like the Three Legged Mare and Rodizio Grill in the Arena District.
For most fans, a tradition they missed just as much as hockey.
Reporter: Shawn Kline