Gas Line Break Cuts Into Restaurant Business

There was no heat...and no lunchtime fire as the grills, fryers, stoves and ovens at Michaels at the Market sit dormant.

But there was lunch.

Brandon Henery is the manager...he says the outage reduced the menu, the clientele and the profits.

"Our steam table does work and our convection oven does work, there are still items on the menu that we can make," he said.

"We had an adequate Monday, not an okay or a Monday where we would turn a profit but at least our loss today won't be as bad as it could have been."

Right outside the front door, crews work to repair the gas line break.

Business owners were told it would take several hours to fix.

Across the street at Rockbottom, Carry Sigler's lunchtime profits were affected as well.

"It definitely limits our menu," he said. "We're still open though serving salads and a couple of pastas and stuff like that we have a lot of regulars that still came in anyway."

Sigler and Henery both say if this had to happen it occurred on a traditionally slow day in the restaurant business.

But both are anxiously watching what goes on outside their windows and hoping the repairs are done in time to beat the dinner rush.

Because there will more than likely be a few more customers dining in the market Monday night than usual.

"With the opening of TD Ameritrade Park...the open house there I expect us to be a little busier than normal on a Monday night," Henery said.

MUD crews had the six inch gas main repaired and service back on around 3:15.

A spokesperson with the utility says 60 to 70 customers were affected...most of them businesses.

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