Ongoing power outage affecting Nova Scotia restaurants – HalifaxSUCHI News

Ongoing power outage affecting Nova Scotia restaurants – Halifax

Nova Scotia Power employees have restored service to more than 300,000 customers as the storm caused widespread power outages over the weekend, but five days later, thousands are still in the dark.

“The power went out at nine o’clock (Friday) before the storm started and there is no electricity yet,” said Albert Zouri, owner of La Piazza Ristorante in the west end of the city.

With no electricity, restaurants have been forced to remain closed throughout the week, running generators to protect the food as much as possible.

“I couldn’t save all the food, I saved all the big inventory stuff I kept in my freezer, most of it.”

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Even with the generator, Zauri still estimates that he has lost about $2,000 to $4,000 worth of food.

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“It’s very exhausting mentally and physically, thinking about the store, thinking about the employees,” he said.

And it’s the employee he’s most concerned about. He says he is confident his restaurant will bounce back once it comes to power, but a week without work is tough for staff members.

“He has family that he has to support, so we are going to do something for him,” Jhori said.


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It’s not just in the west end that restaurants have been affected. There was also a prolonged outage in the Burnside area.

Bill Pratt is the owner of the Chef Inspired Group of Restaurants, which operates 17 restaurants and food trucks in Halifax. Their main kitchen production station is in Burnside where electricity was restored only on Wednesday morning. They say thousands of dollars worth of food is wasted due to a power outage.

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“Products and proteins are all garbage, we have to start anew,” he said.

But instead of throwing it all out, he says he tried to save as much food as possible, giving it to employees and even hosting weekend dinners at his place, losing power. There was power to former staff members.

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But food was not their only disadvantage. Pratt says it was hard to lose a business weekend at a time when he was already hurt.

“It’s already a critical phase, we’re already operating a lot of our facilities only five days a week because we don’t have staff, and when you close on Friday and Saturday nights, it Important to us,” Pratt said.

By Wednesday power was back on all of their facilities, including the Burnside main kitchen, and Pratt says they are now looking to move on.

On the west end of Halifax, Zouri isn’t so lucky. The estimated time of power restoration till Wednesday afternoon was 11 pm on Saturday night.

Zouri says it will be difficult to stay closed all week, but says he is lucky to have power at home, knowing that people living near his restaurants are not as lucky.

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“I feel bad for the people of this neighborhood,” he said. “No electricity for six days, it’s tough.”

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