FRANKFORT,Ky. (KT) – The Capital Plaza Tower implosion did not only bring a boom to downtown Frankfort. Local businesses felt an impact inside their doors, the State-Journal reported.
Emergency Management director Tom Russell estimated between 5,000 and 6,000 spectators gathered in downtown Frankfort to watch the implosion on March 11. Robin Antenucci, director of Tourist and Convention Commission, said many “grew up” with the building and felt the need to say goodbye to the building. The Capital Plaza Tower was 46 years old.
“It brought a lot of people who worked there for years and years and people who just wanted to see an implosion, too,” Antenucci said to the newspaper.
Childs’ co-worker Jacob Graves said the crowd inside the coffee shop was a mix of locals and tourists. He said he talked to one man in the shop who was from North Carolina, had family in the area and decided to make the trip to see Capital Plaza Tower fall.
Customers inside of Coffeetree Cafe talked about the implosion all day, Graves said. Many rewatched footage on the restaurant’s TV or shared their own pictures and videos with each other, according to the newspaper.
Graves has lived in Frankfort all of his life and said it felt odd to not see the tall building standing anymore. He was recently at a friend’s house on East Main Street and saw that onlookers can now see more of the downtown area.
Mike Hedden, owner of Buddy’s Pizza, opened the restaurant for a few hours on the Sunday of the implosion. Normally, the pizzeria is closed that day of the week, but the Kentucky Wildcats were playing in the NCAA tournament, and the implosion was expected to draw a large crowd.
Hedden said Buddy’s sold more than 400 slices of pizza that day. He remembered the atmosphere as “festive.”
He said he never went into the tower, but now the landscape and area around the Capital Plaza Tower look better to him.
“I think that since that was something that has never really happened, it was a big draw to see. A lot of people wanted to see it first-hand,” Hedden said. “A lot of people got to see it on a live feed on Facebook or something like that… It’s not something you see every day, but when it happened, it was over so quick, it’s kind of uneventful in retrospect.”
The Kentucky Department of Revenue was not able to provide sales tax information for March.