Boston bars see booming business in snow storm

Some bars enjoyed extra — and earlier — business from people who were snowed out of work or school on Friday.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in South Boston, which normally opens at 5 p.m. on Fridays, welcomed its first guests at 11 a.m.

“We realized last night that 80 percent of the people in our neighborhood wouldn’t be at work, so we decided to open up early,” said bar manager Mike Shaw. “We went crazy on social media telling people we were gonna be open. Our staff was insanely helpful.”

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By early afternoon, stools at both of the tavern’s bars were full, and the restaurant was at about half its 300-person capacity. Shaw said he had increased the bar’s stock on Thursday, anticipating a snow day rush. Friday’s special hours, he said, were a way to promote the new restaurant, which opened in October.

“It’s working out great so far,” Shaw said. “We’re definitely not going to pass up any other snow days we get.”

At Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap, near the campus of Northeastern University, general manager Matt Pian was looking forward to a busy afternoon and evening of serving college students with no classes to attend. Just before 1 p.m., the small bar with room for 93 already was a quarter full.

“In the past, we’ve done well on these kinds of days,” Pian said. “School is closed, so you know students are around.”