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All-Star Game hit for some, but not all Minneapolis businesses

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It appears that business surrounding the All-Star Game was a solid hit for Minneapolis hotels, but not all bars and restaurants enjoyed the same success.

The hotels and bars closest to Target Field reportedly benefited the most from inflow of traffic to the All-Star Game. Peter Killen, who owns of Kieran’s Irish Pub near Target Field and The Local on Nicollet Mall, told the Star Tribune business during Tuesday night's game “was like St. Patrick’s Day."

Meanwhile, in another part of town, the general manager of Smack Shack on 603 Washington Ave. N, was disappointed with the turnout. Jon Jacklin told the newspaper that typically there's a wait list to get into the establishment, but instead had "open tables all night," and wonders if traffic and parking troubles in the city kept people away.

One advantage at least 30 bars had during the All-Star Game was a late last-call time, since the bars were given a special exemption by the Minnesota Legislature to stay open until 4 a.m.

As for hotels, Dan McElroy, president and CEO of Hospitality Minnesota told the Star Tribune that visitors paid top dollar to stay in Downtown Minneapolis; and since All-Star fans booked rooms downtown, the suburbs enjoyed spillover business.

Some businesses in the transportation industry yielded benefits from the game, including Signature Flight Support at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Business Journal says Signature, which offers hangar space to private aircraft and services, was expecting 80 and 100 more planes because of Tuesday's game.

Signature's spokesman, Patrick Sniffen, wouldn't reveal to the Business Journal the average customer load for competitive reasons, but called the bump in traffic for the All-Star Game "significant."

Final numbers for the economic impact the game had on Minneapolis are not yet available, but prior to the festivities, the tourism bureau Meet Minneapolis told the Pioneer Press that it expected a $75 million boost for the city.

By contrast, the 2013 All-Star Game had an estimated $190 million impact on New York City; and the 2012 game provided an estimated $60 million boost to the economy in Kansas City, the newspaper said.

Cincinnati awaits

Now that the game and events surrounding the Minneapolis-hosted All-Star Game are history, the city of Cincinnati is in full planning mode for next year's game, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports.

And, like Target Field, self-serve beer is expected to be added at the game at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.

In addition to the game, fan fest and live music planned for the All-Star stretch, controversial Reds great Pete Rose is also expected to take part in the festivities. The Courier says Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approved Rose's participation in the Cincinnati's All-Star Game events earlier this week.

WCPO in Cincinnati lists nine reasons to look forward to the 2015 All-Star Game.

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