JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The opening of the Big Four Bridge has been a boom for businesses on both sides of the Ohio River.
Two cities are now connected. In financial terms, the big winners are the businesses by the Big Four Bridge.
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"I love it. It gives us good business. We make money. I love that it combines brings together Jeffersonville and Louisville," said Tabitha Hurst, with Red Yeti Brewing in Jeffersonville.
Even though the two cities were just a short drive over the Ohio River away, many people who live in Louisville had never been to Jeffersonville before the bridge opened.
"I don't know why I have not just never did. I have now," said Manny Urquilla who lives in Louisville and says he walks over the bridge almost every day.
Restaurants like Big Four Burgers and Beer in Jeffersonville are counting on that. It opened six months ago. Since the bridge opened in May it's seen an almost 50 percent increase in sales.
"A lot of people walk over, jog over, whole lot of bikes. Had to put two bike racks outside," said Charles Starcher, with Big Four Burgers and Beer.
Red Yeti Brewing opened one day before the bridge. "At least 50 percent of customers are from over the bridge," said Hurst.
O'Shea's Irish Pub clearly studied the numbers. It's owners announced Tuesday they would open a third location not in Louisville, but in downtown Jeffersonville in an antique store.
Now that the bridge is open, when it comes to measuring success businesses no longer have to wait to cross that bridge when they come to it.
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