Downtown businesses welcome Inauguration Day crowds

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Gov.-elect Greg Abbott takes office Tuesday, there will be barbecues, parades, road closures, and of course the oaths of office. It also means there will be a lot of people around the state Capitol. Some are here from far away and others live in Austin, but either way, the crowds will be good for small businesses.

Over the last 34 years, Moosa Meschin has seen the politicians come and go at Cozzoli’s Pizza. This will be the sixth time a new governor has moved into office down the street.

“We look forward to all the major events like that,” Meschin said. “It brings people into Austin and especially downtown.”

And also into his restaurant. During Gov. Rick Perry’s inauguration four years ago, Meschin’s sales went up drastically.

“It helps our sales by bringing more people into downtown.”

And one of those people in town for Abbott’s inauguration has a very special part.

“Several weeks ago, I got a call and they said, ‘Would you be willing to come and sing for the inauguration?'” said Steve Amerson, a singer from California.

Amerson says he couldn’t pass up the chance to sing both the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”

“It’s an honor to sing for the inauguration of the governor. and it’s an honor to sing for Gov.-elect Abbott.”

The inauguration gets underway at 11 a.m. Many others are expected to turn out for the parade at 2 p.m., which will pass down Congress Avenue. Several road closures will also be in place for the festivities.

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