Road work in downtown Sioux Falls has caused a few headaches for local business owners.
Acoustic Restaurant on 6th Street has even been shut down because of construction. But despite the set-backs, the staff is staying positive.
Old and new businesses alike are felling the effects of downtown road construction. Acoustic Restaurant and Cantina in Downtown Sioux Falls just opened last Fall.
While owner Tony Kellar says business has been great, the road work nearby hasn't been helping the growing restaurant.
"Probably less business because of some of the difficulties with so many barriers and detours downtown. That being said, our business has really exceeded our expectations for the summer," Kellar said.
6th Street and Phillips Avenue surround Acoustic, and both have been undergoing construction for several months.
This has caused troubles for people trying to get to the business, and most recently shut the restaurant down for a day.
"Crews were digging on 6th Street construction out here and somebody pulled up the gas line and created quite a scare for a couple hours. It ultimately wasn't fixed until 10:00 last night, so it did keep us closed for a whole day," Kellar said.
While this construction on 6th Street has caused some confusion for customers, Kellar has been doing everything he can to make sure people know about Acoustic, including dressing up like Big Foot to promote a burger.
"Tried to focus on some marketing attempts over the summer. Promoted the Big Foot burger and then coincidentally there was a Big Foot sighting in town. So that sort of helped that promotion. Run some television ads and some newspaper ads," Kellar said.
While the path to success hasn't always been smooth, Kellar is confident all the work downtown will be worth it in the end.
"It hasn't always been real convenient, but we also recognize that it's really necessary and you know at the end of the day will result in a nicer downtown, a safer downtown. So, what's not convenient today might be best for what's tomorrow," Kellar said.
Kellar says despite the construction, there is still plenty of parking availiable at the Parks Department lot on weekends and evenings.