BLB Issues Statement on Industry Survey that Names Sandy as One of Biggest Surprises in the Dining Industry for 2012

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Bright Lights Business agreed with the results of a recent survey that Hurricane Sandy was one of the biggest surprises to hit the restaurant industry in 2012.

BLB issued a statement this week following the results of a survey from Eater of 24 of New York's restaurant bloggers, writers, editors and critics that showed several name Sandy as one of the top surprises of 2012, namely the extent of the impact the storm had on many restaurants.

While some of those surveyed cited the success of certain restaurants or the use of unusual ingredients as the biggest surprise of 2012, 20 per cent of those surveyed noted Hurricane Sandy at the end of October as the biggest surprise. One editor even noted that they thought the storm would be “Irene all over again” when only some restaurants were forced to close, and then for only a single night, before everything was back to normal.

Bright Lights Business agrees whole heartedly with the assessment that Sandy was the biggest surprise of 2012. The pure impact of the storm, which forced prolonged closures and major losses to those in the industry, was one that nobody could have foreseen. The storm has also forced many restauranteurs to reevaluate their businesses and how to further storm-proof their establishments.

Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Oct. 29 and caused wide spread flooding, wind damage and power outages and was responsible for evacuations, closures and more than 50 deaths in the New York area alone. New York nightlife came to a standstill alongside the many other forced closures around the city and New Yorkers used social media to keep in touch and report on the damage and flooding as it happened. Nightlife mogul Mark Birnbaum was among those using Twitter to stay on top of Sandy, offering up news about EMM Groups closures and flooding near his home.

Many New Yorkers will agree with the assessment by those in the restaurant industry that Hurricane Sandy was one of the biggest surprises of 2012. Every person would have a slightly different reason for believing so and it is hard to ignore the impact the storm had on the city; from prolonged business closures due to damage and power outages, destruction of homes and loss of life Sandy impacted New York in a way that no other storm has in recent history. In the terms of New York business, the restaurant industry was one of the hardest hit by the storm and many are now looking at how to prevent the same kind of destruction from future storms.

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