Restaurants Feel Pinch Following Sandy

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Bright Lights Business (BLB) expressed support for the restaurant industry as those affected by Hurricane Sandy work towards opening their doors again after suffering damage to their buildings from high winds and flooding as well as food spoilage, all resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue to those businesses most affected by the storm.

BLB issued a statement of support for the many restaurants facing closures, repairs and financial losses as well as a thanks to the people helping New Yorkers deal with the struggles resulting from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy this week as owners, food critics and residents all contemplate the changes that the storm has brought to the city and many eateries slowly reopen their doors.

Hurricane Sandy packed a strong punch as it took on the Northeast, bringing flooding and high winds that caused more than 100 deaths and resulted in a fire that wiped out an entire residential neighborhood. Schools, businesses and transit systems were all shut down as much of New York was pummeled by a storm that resulted in power outages that lasted for days in some areas. Twitter accounts quickly gave word on the devastation, and the beginning of the recovery, as the entire world watched. Mark Birnbaum used his account to let followers know when his restaurants and nightclubs reopened this past weekend, and many other businesses, especially those involved in the New York nightlife scene, have been using social media to keep in contact with their customers as well.

Some believe Sandy brought an opportunity to bring positive change to the industry as owners take a look at their current infrastructure and architecture to see where improvements can be made to make them stronger while others are looking at storm-proofing power and communications lines to avoid disruption in the future. Some in the business feel that the smaller restaurants could slowly disappear in the aftermath of the storm and others still believe the storm was nothing more than another isolated event out of anyone's control, just part of the business.

BLB supports the idea of owners willing to make changes to protect their restaurants from future closures by reinforcing structures, moving fragile food storage out of basements and to a main level area as well as researching options for communication and power backup systems. The company recognizes that the loss of income in the hospitality industry following Sandy has been and will be hard on many in the industry and agrees with many restaurateurs that looking at the future is the only way to move forward.

As New Yorkers work at cleaning up their homes, their city and their lives, many businesses and restaurants are facing their own clean up and are being forced to look to the future and what they can do to prevent the same kind of closures and losses in the future. Many are looking at what options they have to storm-proof their businesses and are taking in to consideration flooding, power outages and building damage so that the restaurant industry can remain a strong part of New York City's culture.

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