Hernandez trial affecting businesses around the courthouse

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Deliberations are well underway in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial — and Eyewitness News got an inside look at how the businesses around the courthouse are managing during the high-profile trial.

Right across the street from courthouse where 12 people are deciding Hernandez’s fate — is the Taphouse Grille.

The restaurant has changed it’s menu to keep up with the trial-heavy spirit in Fall River.

“Guilty burger consists of two six ounce patties, lots of BBQ Sauce. Bacon fried onions. [You will] probably feel a little guilty by the time you’re done with it. As opposed to the non-guilty wrap, chicken, some roasted red peppers,” said Keith Parker, Co-owner of Taphouse Grille.

Parker says it’s merely a coincidence that they started serving up the two options — saying they were on the menu before Hernandez’s trial even started.

But what isn’t coincidence, he said, is the bump in their business.

“Business has probably increased five to ten percent, I’d say, over the lunch period. A lot of camera crews, news crews from out of state,” he said.

Though it’s not really significant, Parker says the increase in sales is still something.

Next door to the Taphouse Grille is Cafe Arpeggio — who have also been busy.

Though they wouldn’t say how they have been doing, it is obvious by their empty pastry display that the customers are coming through the doors.

But not every business is thriving — one restaurant down the street from the courthouse had to close.

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