RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Backyard Bistro should have been alive last Thursday night, but it wasnt.
The pseudo hamburger, pasta, and draft beer home of the Carolina Hurricanes normally would have been filled before, during and after the 'Canes scheduled home game against the Nashville Predators. Instead, there was no game, and only a smattering of sports fans came through the doors.
The Backyard Bistro is one of many industries suffering as a result of the NHLs lockout, which has stretched over 100 days and has resulted in the cancellation of 625 games so far, as the players and owners haggle over millions of dollars. The locally owned restaurant relies a great deal on Hurricanes traffic.
It fancies itself as a hockey haven as much as anything else, supported by paintings and action photos of Hurricanes players, from former greats Rod Brindamour and Ron Francis to current stars Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner. The Bistro, which is across the street from PNC Arena on Hurricane Alley ...