Akron restaurant Stew Pot Kitchen feeling effects of federal government shutdown

AKRON, Ohio - The Stew Pot Kitchen sits in the shadows of the federal building in downtown Akron.

Scott Malensek, the owner, said the location has provided a steady flow of business.

"We enjoyed all the wonderful fun of the Jimmy Dimora trial and all of the news vans out front, for months on end." Malensek said.

According to Malensek, business has been going well, but he has noticed a drop off since the shutdown.

"I don't know exactly how many customers we've lost or not had or that kind of a thing, but there is definitely a difference."

Three years ago, cancer caused Malensek to loose his right eye. On top of that, his wife has multiple sclerosis and requires expensive medications every month.

He said he wants to see a change in health care, but the shutdown is not the way to go.

"I want health care so bad and I want coverage so bad. And I want customers badly and I want federal customers badly. But this is not the way to do it. Get your act together, sit down at table."

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