"It has slowed us down tremendously. There have been eight or nine days where we've lost lots of business since they've been in town," said Betty Steczo of Nanking Restaurant during a January 2006 interview with NBC 6.
In a few weeks a section of Texas Avenue will become a Los Angeles city street. Filming of a movie will force businesses there to close. But they don't seem to mind.
"They're going to close us down, and some of the things they're doing are just incredible. They're actually going to make this street into Santa Monica Boulevard," explained Paul Oberle, owner of The Swim School and several other buildings along Texas Avenue.
The film, “Battle: Los Angeles” is bringing more movie action to town. In this sci-fi flick, aliens invade the city and marines fight back.
This time around the production is going the extra mile to take care of local businesses shut down by the action.
"They asked what would a normal day bring in, so with the accountant we figured out what the minimum would be. They worked out a number and they helped us out," said David Doe, owner of Herby K’s Restaurant.
For the owners of Herby K's and The Swim School that's a happy ending; even if the aliens end up winning the battle of Los Angeles.