JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - If the numbers are any indication, then workers at Jonesboro hotels and private clubs were very busy during the month of January.
City Accountant Mike Burroughs reported Tuesday the year-to-date hotel and alcoholic beverage tax revenues saw significant gains from last year's collections.
In total the city collected $35,367.44 in liquor tax revenues during the month of January. That's an increase of $5,997.32 from the same period last year, up 20.42%.
Hotel revenues also saw an uptick during the first month of the year. The city collected $38,442.25, up $7,863.96 over last year's January total for an increase of 25.72%.
All of the city's hotels reported an increase in collections except for Holiday Inn Express, which was down a little more than 1%, and America's Best Value Inn, which saw its revenues drop 32.95% from the previous year.
In actual dollars, the Hilton Garden Inn pulled in $1,638 more dollars during the month of January than it did last year for a total of $7,566.
The city reported 6 private clubs—including Bennigan's, Vino's and Electric Cowboy—closed during 2014.
Of those still in operation, Buffalo Wild Wings collected the most money, submitting $3,685.70 for the month of January.
On the flip side, Fuji/Pan Fire reported the greatest year-to-year loss, down 41.66% from $489.22 to $285.40.
Other restaurants reporting losses were Godsey's Grill/Boiler Room, down 30%; Ridgepoint, down 20.76%; and O'Charley's, which reported 19.93% less in liquor taxes than last year.