New Restaurant…Crazy Idea? (Weekend America)

January 3, 2009

Weekend America

Going out to eat this weekend? Don’t be surprised if the restaurant manager seems just a bit more cheerful. Restaurants have gotten a bit of break lately. Cheaper gas has meant lower food prices, cheaper ingredients. But Moody’s Investment Service reported last week that restaurants still have a tough road ahead of them as businesses because it’s so hard to refinance debt right now. Still, some ambitious restaurateurs are moving ahead with their dreams.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Cast Iron Cafe has just opened for business. Reporter Sarah Gustavus tells us what it’s like to open a business in the midst of an economic meltdown.


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Home in the Parking Lot (Weekend America)

Weekend America

December 22, 2007

Home for the holidays, of course, means different things to different people. For more than 80 homeless people in Kirkland, Wash., “home” during this holiday season is a church parking lot. In the Seattle area, there are two officially-sanctioned tent cities. They’re part of the area’s shelter system. The tent cities move every three months or so. They’re collectively-run by residents, and have strict codes of conduct. They also have things like garbage service and showers. And unlike most homeless shelters, couples can stay together in the tents. That makes life seem a little more like home…especially during the holidays. Producer Sarah Gustavus went to meet the folks who call Kirkland’s tent city home.

Home in the Parking Lot

I Was Sicko (Weekend America)

Weekend America

June 30, 2007

Sarah Gustavus was burned by $2500 in medical bills. It was about three years ago, and she actually had health insurance at the time. While working a second job to pay it off, Gustavus decided she didn’t want insurance anymore. But now that she’s become attached to her status as an uninsured rebel, people have been trying to convince her that she should have health insurance. And not for the reasons you’d think. She tells us her story.

I Was Sicko