Three days without refrigeration forced the Gilford Airport Country Store to throw its milk products into the dumpster. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
Restaurants toss inventory and lose two days of sales
By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — Businesses are tallying up their losses after having been forced to close due to the loss of power brought about by Monday’s high winds.
Patrick’s Pub in Gilford, which saw power restored Wednesday, reopened at 4 yesterday afternoon after having been shut down for two days.
Allan Beetle, co-owner, said that the popular restaurant and entertainment spot lost at least $10,000 in revenue.
“Thankfully, it was Monday and Tuesday of our slow season,” said Beetle, who said that there was a loss of about $2,000 in food, already prepped, which had to be tossed out.
He said that the coolers, which are tied in to the restaurant’s walk-in freezer, were helped in being kept cold enough through the use of bagged ice from two large ice machines on the premises.
Beetle said that many employees were affected by the closing.
“Aside from our management team, who are on salary, everyone else works on hourly and tips, so many employees have been impacted as well,” he said.
Beetle said that the outage might be “the straw that broke the camel’s back, when it comes to dealing with outages.
“Perhaps this outage will put us over the top and we'll finally make the investment into a generator to stay open through these outages. We lost a Saturday night this summer, which cost more than these two days put together.”
Beetle said that some of the cost of the food, which was lost, is expected to be covered by insurance.
Also feeling the impact of the prolonged outage was the nearby Fireside Inn and Suites, located across Route 11-B from Patrick’s, which was closed for three days.
A spokesperson at the inn, which reopened yesterday afternoon, said, “We had no power and no guests for three days,” but had no estimate of lost revenue, which he said would be determined by the chain’s management.
At the Airport Country Store and Deli on Route 11 in Gilford, losses for the two-and-a-half days in which the store was closed was estimated at $6,000.
That didn’t include all of the prepped food and deli items, which were tossed out, said Julie Drew, deli manager at the business, which saw power restored around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“I threw away everything. There’s no sense taking a chance. If the outage had only been for 24 hours we would have been all right,” said Drew, who said she itemized all the items which were lost and that will be submitted to the company’s insurer. “I ordered all fresh items and we’ll reopen Thursday morning but won’t have our usual variety until Friday."
As she spoke, potential customers, seeing activity inside the store, pulled up to the gas pumps and tried to fill their gas tanks.
Drew told them that the computers which run the pumps were in the process of being brought online and it would be a few minutes before they were working again.
She said the store also lost a substantial amount of revenue from gasoline sales.
A spokesperson at Walmart, which reopened Wednesday morning, said that any information on the impact of the storm would have to come from the company’s Arkansas headquarters.
The store manager at Shaw’s in Gilford, which remained open with backup power, was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Funspot, the world’s largest arcade, reopened Wednesday after having been closed since Monday, as were most businesses in The Weirs area. A spokesperson declined comment on the loss of business due to the storm.
The Gilford Airport Country Store was able to open on Wednesday, but its popular lunch business was still closed for lack of ingredients. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
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