'I'm Good for Thursday' encourages people to dine in Jenks

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Updated: 8/15/2013 5:25 pm Published: 8/15/2013 3:52 pm

Restaurants in Jenks are bouncing back from a forced closure last week.

A boil advisory issued Friday night forced the restaurants shut for nearly 24 hours.

Now, the city is promoting the "I'm Good for Thursday" event to encourage people to go out to eat in Jenks.

Burgers were back on the grill Thursday afternoon at Ron's Hamburger and Chili in Jenks.

"We had a very good Monday, we had a much better day yesterday," said owner Armando Mata, who had to close his restaurant Friday due to concerns about the water supply.

Tests found traces of E. coli, but after a few more tests, the samples came back clear.

Mata said closing up shop hurt.

"Well, it always effects or business when it's on the weekends especially on the peak hours. 7 Seven o'clock is a prime time for us on Fridays, then our rush hour Saturdays between 11 and 2:30 is the best. So it hit us pretty good in the pocketbook," he said.

Businesses not only lost revenue from being closed, but from paying employees to help clean everything.

"The employees still had to stick around. During a water-boil advisory we have to clean out everything that's water-related. That's ice, the bin, get rid of all the ice. Anything that touched water, like spaghetti, we had to throw all that away. Scrub, clean," he said.

Even though business is picking back up, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce wanted to help get businesses back in the black by encouraging people to dine out on Thursday.

"We're hoping with this thing that the Chamber of Commerce is doing that we'll do a lot better," he said.

And with everything cleaned after being closed Mata wants everyone to know it's safe to come out

"We take pride in cleaning. We do that on a daily basis anyway. We just want to make sure everyone knows it's safe to come back out," he said.

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