Sliding restaurant sales puzzle Nashville business owners

Nashville, the Brown County community that depends heavily on tourism for its economic vitality, has seen restaurant sales fall for two years after having posted 19 years of gradual growth, according to the Brown County Democrat, citing data from the 1 percent food and beverage tax.

Restaurant, hotel and shop owners blame the reversal on factors that include weather patterns, the closing of two fast-food restaurants and more competition from nearby Bloomington and Columbus.

Some business owners earlier this year said they worried about customers being drained away by casinos opening in French Lick, south of Nashville.

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