The Grand Prix of Baltimore And Its Effect on Local Businesses
Updated: Friday, August 30 2013, 08:35 PM EDT
By Friday afternoon the veranda at Baltimore’s Marriot Hotel was 100% booked for the entire weekend, a prime spot to watch the Baltimore Grand Prix.
Chef Downes told FOX45, "This is pure excitement for you us, you know, Andretti's here, the Andretti Club out on our patio, I mean for us this is over the top."
Many other downtown hotels are fully booked this weekend, a suite overlooking the track at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court will cost between $600 and $1,000 a night.
But some bars and restaurant owners in Little Italy are not sold on the Grand Prix. Tony Gambino, owner of Caio Bella says it was never really busy on Labor Day weekends before the big race.
He is just hoping to attract a few of those big racing fans, as well his regular customers. Gambino said, "I would rather have the event because somehow, some way, people are going to make it down here because it's not that far away."