During the next two weeks the majority of the University of Connecticut’s student population will leave Storrs to return home, to study abroad and for various internships.
But the businesses on campus and along Dog Lane will remain open for Storrs-Mansfield residents and those UConn students enrolled in the offered summer sessions.
Dog Lane Café manager Tiffany Seifert said most of their business is from people who live locally and attendees of local events such as shows presented by the Connecticut Repertory Theater and summer orientations.
Seifert said the regular customers actually aren’t college-age, rather they are faculty on lunch break, families looking for healthy and homegrown meals and locals attending the monthly wine-pairing dinner.
The Dog Lane Cafe staff does not suffer too much from the UConn student exodus since some have year-long leases or live locally.
“Some people do leave but students in the area have more availability during the summer,” Seifert said. “Students who can only take two shifts during the semester start working full time.”
Sweet Emotions owner Michael Young said he focuses his business on catering weddings and birthday parties during the summer months, as well as planning new promotions to attract the freshmen coming in the fall.
Young said though he thinks UConn students are a good clientele, the town reverts from UConn territory back to Storrs-Mansfield.
“I feel like the town comes out more when students are gone, because it’s like getting your town back,” Young said.
Moe’s manager Luis Alfinez said business slows during the summer but most of their staff are high school students and remain in town for the summer months.
Students staying in Storrs will still be able to visit various UConn Dining Services locations as well like the Student Union Food Court, the Beanery in the Benton and the Co-Op Cafe.