Two weeks after the reopening of historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill business is up but the real test depends on the added costs vendors might get hit with.
They say business on opening weekend and July 4 was up by as much as 70 percent from before the opening when they were stationed at a temporary facility. Saturday was the first 'typical' weekend after the opening and business then was still up by 10, 15, even 20 percent.
But vendors also say they don't know what their new lease with the city will look like for a few more weeks. And it will be two weeks before anyone sees an electric bill.
Most vendors weren't overly worried about the new costs. Their main concern, they said, was ensuring fair competition with the outdoor food sellers.
Mana Rabiee reports...
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