Had a chance to give some comments in the Business Examiner on the impact of the legislature coming to town:

(the full article is behind a paywall)

“Over the last four years I haven’t seen any difference in business, legislature here or not,” said owner Mathias Eichler. “Other businesses might have different experiences — certainly restaurants, I would assume. But from my angle, it’s a non-event.”

He also said that “the Hill” and downtown Olympia are separate entities. 

“There is hardly any connection or cross-pollination from what I experienced,” Eichler said. “People come in (to downtown) to do business — they come for a cause. They might use the catering services here or the restaurants around us, but that’s about it.”

File that under “Someone has to burst the bubble”.