Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Arkansas Campgrounds Shut Down, Diner Owner Struggles

Closed for the season. They are four words diner owner Mike Tripp hates but hears almost daily.

"We go from doing pretty good to trying to figure out how we're going to make it," he explains.

Customers can no longer enjoy the booths once sat in by Elvis Presley and getting that famous cheeseburger is out of the question.

"I would have quit this business a long time ago if it wasn’t so fun to come here," says Tripp.

Much, if not all, of Tripp’s business comes from visitors at Crystal Springs Campground on Lake Ouachita. It’s just about a mile behind the diner.

"When this park shuts down it's like flipping off a switch," he says.
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