Businesses losing money over power outages - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Businesses losing money over power outages

Some Louisville restaurants still without power stand to lose tens of thousands of dollars this Ryder Cup weekend. That's on top of what they've already lost so far.

The owner of Equus Restaurant has transferred some reservations to his other restaurant, but lost the rest of the customers. For one woman who owns two restaurants on the same street corner in The Highlands, the pain has been double. She just got power back on a few minutes ago, but that's still three days of no business.

A glimmer of hope for restaurant owner Nancy Shepherd, as a couple of utility trucks drove by Wednesday afternoon. But the reality is, tens of thousands of dollars in revenue lost since Sunday's power outage.

"I feel like I have pretty good karma, but right now today, it seems to be turning its back on me," said Shepherd.

Even though "open" signs are on at neighboring businesses, the doors are closed at Cafe Metro and Uptown Cafe.

"The effects of this are going to be enormous. Number one, people that made reservations nine months ago," said Shepherd.

Nancy says business has been down, so she was looking forward to Ryder Cup weekend to give her a boost. Her tables are set, but the refrigerators are empty and the manager has had to turn away potential customers. But they're not alone.

"Of all the weeks, I mean, the worst week for this to happen. What made matters worse is we'd stocked up tremendously for Ryder Cup. So we probably had the largest inventory we've had here in six months," said Dean Corbett, owner of Equus.

Across town in Saint Matthews, the owner of Equus moved most of his food to his other restaurant and gave away the rest. Dean Corbett re-opened just his lounge Wednesday and offered a limited dinner menu.

With two generators to run a portion of his lights and appliances, Dean let his servers get the tips they've missed this week.

"It would be very difficult to rebound to a certain extent. It's just going to be very difficult," said Corbett.

"I think that I can weather this, but it is certainly going to be an enormous injury," said Shepherd.

Nancy's employees are scrambling to prepare to re-open. For Equus, whenever the power comes back on, it would take the kitchen staff two days to prepare enough food before re-opening.

Both owners are hoping insurance will cover some of their losses.

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