Manitoba's continuing arctic temperatures are putting a chill on some of Winnipeg's restaurants.

Scott Jocelyn of the Manitoba Restaurant Association said the extreme cold in December and into January has kept customers away, causing a seven to 10 per cent drop in business for some.

Jocelyn said crowds over the holiday season, which is typically the busiest time of the year, never materialized.

"We just didn't get that traffic," he said. "So to try and make up for that, you have to be very, very creative. And you have to hope for a turn in the weather."

He said restaurateurs will have to get creative to get through the winter doldrums.

"It's very, very difficult," he said. "You are waiting for your busiest time at the end of the year, and when it doesn't come, you are already into next year. It's hard to make it up on a year-by-year basis."

It's not just the owners. Some servers got fewer shifts in some eateries because of the drop in business.