Downtown heats up after tournament play

Downtown heats up after tournament play

The PGA Championship might be held 30 miles away in Kiawah Island, but many businesses in downtown Charleston are ready to serve the 200,000 spectators in town.

"Kiawah is just down the road and everything is really downtown," Gilroy's Pizza Pub Employee Andrew Hamlin says.  "Kiawah has their shopping and they've got things to do, but everybody is going to come downtown one day.  If you're not from Charleston, you're going to come downtown."

Gilroy's Pizza Pub usually sells hundreds of pizza pies each day, and employees say they're hoping the golf fans will buy more.

"Usually people that are in town for something like this tend to come out in large numbers and spend a lot of money," Hamlin says.

The PGA estimates that an average spectator will spend about $345 each day they are in town.  Boone's Bar & Grill wants to get a cut of that spending.

"We ordered extra, of course, gearing up for a big weekend.  We're not really sure what to expect though," Assistant Manager Adam Jones says.

Jones say the restaurant doubled its order for wine and have also stocked up with extra cases of beer.  He says the restaurant's location along King Street will help to attract customers.

"You have the Charleston Place Hotel there and the Francis Marion Hotel down here and we're sandwiched in between the two," he says.