Restaurants in Back Bay and the South End continue to gain power after the transformer explosion that caused a blackout starting Tuesday night, but the effects of two days without sales will reverberate long after the lights come on. The Boston Business Journal reports that restaurants like Davio’s, Avila and Deuxave may lose around $10,000 from lack of business. Which is why Eat Boston tweeted the following suggestion: "Pick 2 restaurants impacted by the black out. Go to each of them this weekend and then go again next week."
BostonTweet writes that the car service Uber Boston is offering half-off rides to and from the Back Bay, which may also help to power sales. Reports have also circulated of diners walking out on their bills when things went dark. Bauer Wine & Spirits on Newbury Street tweets "Do the right thing people. If you walked out in your restaurant/bar tab last night. Go back tomorrow and pay it."
The Massachusetts Restaurant Association shared a statement with Eater, saying:
"The impacted restaurants have immediate concerns over food safety, loss of business, labor force losing hours, and restaurant suppliers put on hold. We’ve been working with the City of Boston Inspectional Services to relay the proper protocol in the disposal of perishable food and reopening their restaurants.”
And what happened to all that meat that The Capital Grille was moving? A spokesperson from the company tells Eater that the restaurant "will not serve any of the refrigerated meats from the restaurant to its guests when the restaurant reopens this week following the power outage in the Back Bay area." So where did it all go? "We are working to partner with a local zoo to donate the refrigerated meats to feed the zoo animals."
· Restaurants respond to Boston Blackout [-EB-]
· Back Bay blackout could cost restaurants $10,000 and up [BBJ]
· BostonTweet [Twitter]
· Eat Boston [Twitter]