More evidence the economy is turning around: Monti’s La Casa Vieja Restaurant is reporting a 10 percent year-to-date increase in business.

Tempe’s oldest restaurant attributes the increase to innovative marketing, increased tourism and a strong Spring Training season, anchored by the Anaheim Angels.

“In the last few months we have just seen a huge influx of people coming into the restaurant,” said Michael Monti, owner of Monti’s La Casa Vieja.  “It’s inspirational to see things coming back and to know that our economy is really recovering.”

Monti says his restaurant, which sits at the corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado is not only seeing an increase in number of customers coming in, but also in what people are spending. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the historic restaurant annually.

“Our customers and families are spending more money,” said Monti.  “We’re also seeing businesses spend more money.  Companies are hosting more dinners and booking more banquets.”

Further excitement is on the horizon as the Hayden Flour Mill, which sits adjacent to Monti’s La Casa Vieja, prepares to open to public this spring for tours.

“For the past few months crews have been working hard renovating the ground floor of the Hayden Flour Mill, and we are so excited that visitors will soon be able to enjoy this historic landmark,” said Monti.

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