Burning Man doesn't actually make San Francisco any less crowded for a week

San Francisco remains almost exactly as unpleasant as normal during the non-event formerly known as the Black Rock Exodus.

Via SF Chron:

While some startups do shut down the week before Labor Day, acceding to the reality that many of their employees have packed up their RVs for Nevada, most of the city stays in town for work, enjoying the Bay Area's usually balmy weather. Tourists pick up any slack that Burners leave. Restaurant owners said they saw little to no decrease in business. And parking? Availability at centrally managed lots looked the same Monday as other summer weeks.

If any coffee shop would feel Burning Man's impact, it's the Creamery, where venture capitalists and startup founders chat about deals. Tech workers, CalTrain commuters and SoMa residents account for about 75 percent of the restaurant's business — they're regulars, said general manager Ivor Bradley. Tourists make up the other 25 percent.

Bradley said they've noticed no decrease in activity this week. In fact, he said the restaurant saw an uptick in business after school started two weeks ago.