Restaurants affected by gas line explosion
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GAS LINE EXPLOSION - MULTIMEDIA
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Jackie Fevrier, owner of Escargot 41, 4339 Tamiami Trail North, said she needed to send customers home Thursday night after the gas went out.
That call came around 6:30 p.m., and Fevrier said this afternoon she still doesn't know whether the popular French restaurant will be able to reopen tonight.
“We don't know if we're going to have gas tonight,” she said. “We open at 5:30 p.m., and if we don't have the gas then I have to call everyone again (and cancel). It's very sad.”
Fevrier said the weekend was set to be “pretty busy.”
Escargot 41 wasn't the only restaurant that needed to turn people away Thursday night. While Cori Carciun, co-owner of Daniela's Restaurant, 13500 U.S. 41 N., didn't close down the restaurant, she said she and her sister, Daniela, needed to adapt quickly to serve the customers already seated.
“We didn't shut down, we just couldn't make everything,” Carciun said. “We had to improvise.”
Improvising means the Italian-Hungarian-Romanian restaurant will be open tonight, but will be using a grill placed out front to do most of the cooking. The restaurant will be able to serve baked pasta dishes – like lasagna – but won't be able to serve other popular menu items because of their limitations.
“I hope it's not going to last through the weekend,” she said.
Beth Preddy, spokeswoman for Naples Originals, a consortium of independent restaurant owners, said she's in denial about the potential impact on local restaurants.
“I just can't believe it,” she said. “It's just like our own little oil spill. It's just awful.”
Preddy said restaurateurs she's spoken to seem to be coping and coming up with ways to keep their doors open, like creating new menus and moving to electric equipment.