Fracking success can be measured in sack lunches

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The gas and oil industry boom brings, people, trucks and rigs to Carroll County, but for one local business, prosperity is measured by brown bag lunches. Chris Davidson talked with a few people in Carrollton, OH.

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Ken Joseph, the owner of Archer’s Restaurant, welcomes the growth in Carroll County. He’s had to add staff to his restaurant to handle the increased breakfast crowds. The eatery is also offering sack lunches to go for drilling and pipeline workers. (Mary Sweetwood/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Ken Joseph, the owner of Archer’s Restaurant, welcomes the growth in Carroll County. He’s had to add staff to his restaurant to handle the increased breakfast crowds. The eatery is also offering sack lunches to go for drilling and pipeline workers. (Mary Sweetwood/TheNewsOutlet.org)

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Archer’s Restaurant is located across Public Square from the Carroll County Courthouse and around the corner from the mayor’s office.

Ken Joseph, the owner of Archer’s, welcomes the gas and oil industry workers and sees the growth as a positive.

Mostly been good, there’s been an increase in population.

The boom brings Archer’s new diners, including workers from a pipeline project 15 minutes down the road in Mechanicstown. The laborers come from the South and West.

They’re all over, as far as Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, basically the Gulf area.

Here’s Archer’s patron and Board of Elections Deputy Director George Kaiser.

 I think most people are in favor of it at least the people I talked to. I just think it’s good for the county.

Kaiser and other regulars can still sit at their favorite tables or booths at Archer’s and now construction workers who come in the morning usually leave carrying something extra.

Something we added for the gas people are sack lunches, lunches they can come in have breakfast here and they can take a sack lunch with them out on to their site. So, then they can eat it at the site.

For $5, you get your choice of a cold sandwich, chips and fruit. For $3 more, your sack lunch includes two sandwiches, chips and fruit.

Waitress Betty Harris has worked at Archer’s for 18 years.

It’s brought business in. We added a girl on the day shift.

Joseph says he’s not about to change his prices. He predicts business will be even better once the weather warms up.

We’re gonna just have to hold on to our chairs.

Joseph hopes those chairs are the metal and black vinyl ones at Archer’s.

This is one in a series of stories The News Outlet will bring you about the oil and gas industry expansion in Ohio. Shee Wai Wong contributed to this report. For The News Outlet, I’m Chris Davidson.