Obert Burchell runs a small Jamaican jerk chicken restaurant on Route 291, not far from the new soccer stadium. On Sunday his place was empty. He says business has been dropping for two weeks.
“Very dramatically man,” says Burchell. “All we do here is play cards. Food on the stove — nobody come in to buy.”
Of course, it doesn’t help that half the city is under a 9-p.m.-to-6-a.m. curfew after a series of shootings earlier this month. A curfew that, despite what many residents believe, Chester’s mayor insists has nothing at all to do with making visitors to the new soccer stadium feel safe.