Restaurants open amidst financial storm

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- We see it all too often  Factories are scaling back.  Some stores are going out of business altogether.

They're all signs of an economy gasping for air.

Though small businesses are wading through a credit crunch, some shops--especially restaurants--are trying to break through the financial mess.

"Montgomery's economy is about as good as any economy," said Len Cerasoli, co-owner of Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Cerasoli opened his franchise at the Shoppes at Eastchase Friday.  His lenders, Cerasoli says, are committed to follow through on their end of the bargain.

"We expect a good return on this business, and I know the banks are going to come back and lend us money on it," he said.

A few miles away, another eatery--Mr. G's--is getting ready to open its doors.  Owners remain hopeful the country's financial crisis will turn around.

"It might be a little tough getting started, but as the economy starts getting a little better, the food business is going to get better, too," explained owner Demitri Polizos.