Downtown Rock Island businesses hope to find some relief to their less than profitable summer with Ya Maka My Weekend going on August 8-9, 2014.
The District has had some bad luck this summer season, with the Criterium moving to Davenport in May, Red, White and Boom being cancelled in July, and the Centennial Bridge closing for 35 days.
“We have our good days, we have our bad days. Some days we’re busy, some days we’re dead,” said Deborah Bergheger, owner of Atlante Trattoria. “Our business has been losing money because [nobody wants] to get caught in the traffic going across the bridge.”
Summertime is normally one of the busiest times of the year for downtown Rock Island businesses.