Eclipse tourism projected to generate more than $1 billion for Texas’ economy

Red Oak Prepares for Million-Strong Total Solar Eclipse Influx with Gravy Restaurant and Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce Leading the Charge

More than $1 billion is expected to be infused into the Texas economy during the total solar eclipse, which will take place in less than two weeks. The event, which is predicted to attract more than a million visitors, will cast darkness over Red Oak for approximately 4 minutes and 13 seconds on April 8.

Phillip Hughes and his sister, Michelle Bezanilla, co-owners of the restaurant Gravy, are preparing for anything but a normal Monday as they strategize how to ensure their business is ready for the influx of guests during the eclipse event. They plan to adjust their menu and bring in additional help, including high school students, to accommodate the expected overflow of customers.

Clint Woodward, President and CEO of the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce, emphasizes the importance of preparation for businesses during the eclipse event. He advises local businesses to ramp up staffing, increase inventory, and encourage residents to stock up on essentials ahead of time. The eclipse is expected to be a multi-day event starting as early as Friday and continuing through the following weekend.

At Gravy, Hughes and Bezanilla are focused on making the eclipse experience enjoyable for all guests while also using it as an opportunity to introduce themselves to potential future customers. They plan to celebrate the unique event with special offerings and a festive atmosphere outside of their restaurant.

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