BUFFALO, N.Y. - There were some interesting developments Monday involving the lockout that has kept the Buffalo Sabres and the rest of the NHL off the ice.
First, both sides have agreed to have federal mediators enter the stalled labor talks, with the season's first two and a half months already lost because of the lockout.
Second, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing the U.S. Small Business Administration to hold workshops for restaurants and other businesses affected by the work stoppage.
Gillibrand believes now is a good time to educate businesses on help available to them, such as loans, if they need it.
We spoke with General Manager, Jeff Lang, of Lagerhaus 95, located near the First Niagara Center about what the lockout has done to his business. He said right now they're not looking for loans, but rather are using this as an opportunity to branch out and grow business.
"We love having the First Niagara Center as our neighbors. We work well with them," Lang said. "But we have to establish ourselves as a restaurant that people come to all year round. Not just when there's an event there," said Lang.
We also spoke with a manager at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, which is also near the First Niagara Center. The manager echoed Lang's statements, saying that this is an opportunity to go after new business and try new things. Monday marked the 72nd day of the lockout.