Some downtown SF businesses say Super Bowl has so far been a super bust

- A few businesses in downtown San Francisco say the Super Bowl has so far been a super bust for them.

City leaders say festivitites for the big game would attact visitors from around the country, and pump millions of dollars into the city's tourism industry.

But several store owners are complaining to KTVU that issues, such as street closures, have driven down business.

There is still hope that the weekend will make up for any losses during the week, but business owners doubt that will be possible.

However, downtown San Francisco will be packed Saturday night, as Alicia Keys will perform a free concert at Super Bowl City, while Metallica performs at AT&T Park.

"This is actually the worst business we've done since 9-11," said Nancy Oakes, owner of the Boulevard Restaurant on Mission Street.

Oakes says the street closures around Super Bowl City have kept her regular customers away. She does say that Boulevard is fully booked this Friday and Saturday, but it will not be enough to recoup her losses.

On the flip side, at nearby Hotel Vitale, the general manager says the proximity to Super Bowl City has been a big boost.

The hotel had been offering a package deal, a 3 night stay and tickets to the Rolling Stone magazine party, for $10,000.

Some other businesses and government agencies have told employees not to come in during Super Bowl week, but rather work for home, because of the congestion in the area.

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