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The Mountainlair, a popular place for WVU students to eat, is closed until January 1, 2014. The Mountainlair, a popular place for WVU students to eat, is closed until January 1, 2014.
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MORGANTOWN -

Even for a Saturday morning, West Virginia University was looking pretty abandoned.

Where are all of the students? Well, the answer is simple. Most of them go home for winter break. But what does that do to the city as a whole? It leaves Morgantown pretty empty.

The Mountainlair, a popular place for students to grab lunch is completely closed. Other places on High Street alter their hours and even close for multiple days in a row.

Schedules also change at Casa D'Amici on High Street when students head home.

"It affects us in the sense that a lot of us have to work more than what we do normally over the course of the school year," said LaTelle Hall, an associate of Casa D'Amici.

Casa is a popular place for students to head to after a night out on the town. Hall said some weekend nights they stay open until 4 a.m. But that probably won't happen over break.

"Other days we'll go as late as midnight in the week. But at times, naturally into the night, we cut back. Because the business of course is not there," Hall said. "Because the students a lot of the time provide our night time business."

Business still stays pretty good at most places even though they have to cut back hour and have less workers.

"For some unexplained reason we stay busy," said Hall. "Of course, we've been in business here quite a long time, we have an established brand and we also are a popular spot."

Casa D'Amici credits their homemade dough and other menu staples for the business continuing year round.