CWS 2019: Restaurant servers cashing in on event

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Each year, the College World Series reportedly brings in "millions of dollars" to Omaha. But what's the direct impact on residents?

6 News spent a night with servers in the Old Market to get an idea of what the economic impact of this big event looks like up close.

Wednesday night was unusually slow at Jams. Server Daniel Haggan thinks it's because of the rain delay, or that most fans are eating at the ballpark instead of out.

"Since we had the makeup game, a lot of people aren't going to be hanging out in the area," Haggan said. "It's hit-or-miss. We still will probably see a later pop in the night."

During the CWS, Jams General Manager Marcus Woodworth said they are up by 80% to 100% in sales from just a week ago, but that their gains extend further than that.

"Overall sales from the entire College World Series compared to weeks prior is about 40%," Woodworth said. "It's a great increase for us."

The servers are all looking to cash in.

"A lot busier. A lot of people are bringing in a lot of revenue," Haggan said.

Tuesday night for Haggan was a good night, he said. He made about double what he typically makes on a Tuesday, walking out with almost $400.

"All of the servers are happy to see our customers return," Haggan said.

Wednesday's dinner rush was slower than usual. In Haggan's first hour, he made about $60 in tips.

While they are making more money, reservations have staggered.

"Reservations go down a bit because a lot of the people know there is a huge increase in foot traffic in the Old Market for the CWS," Woodworth said.

Overall, Jams and other downtown businesses are feeling positive about the economic impact.

"Yeah, there is more profit. You get higher volume. The labor cost doesn't go up too much, and food cost stays the same. But in terms of sale volume, you will definitely see an increase in profit," Woodworth said.