Restaurants rush to get more food to feed Royal Celebration crowd

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many fans found themselves side-lined by the masses of people who took the day off of school and work to celebrate with the Kansas City Royals.

Some drivers, unable to move because of the unprecedented traffic congestion, left their cars and walked miles to get to the parade.  Businesses along the way profited from the extra foot-traffic.

At El Patron, 2905 Southwest Blvd., the owner says he never expected Tuesday's crowd but is glad he got it.

Thousands of people parked in Kansas City, Kan., and walked along Southwest Boulevard in front of the restaurant to get to the parade route. Some people never made it and stopped for lunch instead. Others stopped on their way back to their cars, which they were unable to move for a few hours.

At one point there were so many people waiting at El Patron, it took two hours to get a table. The restaurant nearly ran out of food twice, making runs to the grocery store for cheese and rice.

Art Cabrel, El Patron's owner, says he hasn't seen a crowd like that since Cinco de Mayo.

At restaurants up and down Southwest Boulevard, there was a steady stream of people until 8:00 p.m.


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