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Jun 14, 2015 4:45 PM

Motorcycle Week activities a boon for businesses all the way to Concord


CONCORD - Motorcycle Week is underway, but it’s not just in the Lakes Region.

“We consider ourselves the gateway to the Lakes Region so whatever is happening at the lake is coming right by us,” said Greg Makris, owner of Makris Lobster & Steak House on Route 106.

“We stop every time we come to bike week and we always like the music and we like it when they do the motorcycle jumps,” said Steven Ragsdale, a longtime customer.

Makris had an antique bike show, stunt riders, a cookout, bands and other activities designed to attract riders in the state for Motorcycle Week.

It is one of many businesses that see the benefits of the week-long event from Weirs Beach and south.

“This event generates about $100 million in the local economy, so some of that will be spent in the liquor stores and the bars and restaurants so it’s a great week for a boost in sales,” said Bob Kelley, a beverage representative who works for Jack Daniels.

Restaurant owners in Concord know they’re not the main attraction but don't mind being a convenient pit stop.

“It's our best week of the year. Our staff knows it's overtime week; it’s a money week so everybody wants to be here,” said Makris.


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