Calgary Stampede a rich haul for restaurant industry
Bartenders stand to make up to $10,000 during 10-day event
Calgary’s service industry is reaping the benefits of helping a record number of people eat and drink while they're in the city for the Calgary Stampede.
Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall bartender Jessie Roy is used to 16-hour shifts and a huge payday at the end of the popular 10-day event.
"I know our bar did about $20,000 over the weekend and I'm hoping to make 15 to 20 per cent of that," she said.
Roy said a $10,000 paycheque at the end of the Stampede is typical.
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce is predicting the city will make about $170 million during the event.
Ranchman’s manager Austin Rieger said he’s had to hire 300 new staff just for the Stampede.
"It’s absolutely insane," Rieger said. "It’s our bread and butter for the year."
The popular western-themed bar makes the equivalent of a week’s worth of profit in just one day during the Stampede.
Meanwhile, Roy is just trying to stay alert and healthy so she can last through the gruelling 10-day work stretch.
"I just made sure I ate healthy and made sure I didn't get sick because you get pretty run down over the 10 days," Roy said.
The bartender hopes to spend the $10,000 she’ll earn during the 10-day event on an EMT certificate to fulfill her dreams of becoming a paramedic.