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Local bar reflects on potential Final Four business

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It was a quieter Saturday night for UA Wildcats fans compared to last weekend's Elite Eight hoopla.

Several businesses that rely on big fan turnouts, felt the pain too.

Many sports bars and restaurants could have made a killing this weekend if the Wildcats made it to the Final Four -- particularly for small businesses that rely on mega UA sporting events.

The owners at the Aussie Cantina on East 6th Street, for example, noticed a large crowd during the Sweet Sixteen game and an even more impressive turnout for the Elite Eight game.

Owners Glenn Murphy and Sally Shamrell-Murphy are big Wildcats fans, but they couldn't help but notice the contrast.

"The difference between today and if we had won, we would have been jam-packed for two to three hours before [the game]," Murphy said.

Murphy said customers during a Final Four game -- if the Wildcats were playing -- could have brought thousands of dollars in business not just for them, but for other shops around town.

"The chefs would have been preparing hundreds of pounds of chicken wings and fish and chips, and there would have been big screens up that we would have rented from other businesses so it has quite a bit of impact," Murphy said.

The Murphys said they are looking forward to graduation season and World Cup Soccer to usher in crowds.

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