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Friday, December 10, 2010
Jimmer Fredette good for the local economy

By Diamond Leung

Taking one final question before leaving for Glens Falls, N.Y. earlier this week, Jimmer Fredette was asked where a reporter might go to eat before the BYU-Vermont game and did not hesitate to pick the place.

"Angelina's Pizzeria," Fredette said, all but giving out directions to his favorite hangout run by family friends.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, it was like Rocky promoting Shamrock Meats, as the team ultimately had its pregame meal there with at least one teammate bringing back a cap commemorating his pizza experience.

All in all, Fredette's homecoming game in Glens Falls gave him an opportunity to soak in cheers while the town was paid back in the form of a boost in the local economy.

Business was booming in the week leading up to the game, as The Post-Star reports that hotels and restaurants did especially well.
For Glens Falls and South Glens Falls restaurants, the Wednesday night rush started around 5 p.m. and eased up by 7 p.m. around tip-off, with bars picking up much of the post-game business.

Kevin Bethel, owner of 132 Glen Bistro, said the crowds reminded him of the 2009 season opener for the Adirondack Phantoms. His downstairs and upstairs dining rooms were packed, he said, with mostly local diners.

"From 5 to 7, it was nothing but slamming out food," Bethel said.

Fredette, who will be the center of attention again on Saturday when BYU plays Arizona in Salt Lake City, left his hometown with the lasting memory of a 26-point night.

That businesses in town also performed was just an added bonus.