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Restaurants improvise kitchens, menus during gas outage

Left to right Cooks Juan Francisco Chacon and Erlin Bolanos use a rented outdoor grill to prepare food for customers at the Dock at Crayton Cove.  The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods.  The dock was left limited to food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business.  Owner Vin DePasquale said, 'This is what it was like when we opened in 1976.  We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez

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Left to right Cooks Juan Francisco Chacon and Erlin Bolanos use a rented outdoor grill to prepare food for customers at the Dock at Crayton Cove. The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods. The dock was left limited to food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers. A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business. Owner Vin DePasquale said, "This is what it was like when we opened in 1976. We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez

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  • Right to left Cooks Juan Francisco Chacon and Erlin Bolanos use a rented outdoor grill to prepare food for customers at the Dock at Crayton Cove.  The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods.  The dock was left limited to food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business.  Owner Vin DePasquale said, 'This is what it was like when we opened in 1976.  We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • Sous Chef Jorge Luis Cabrera uses plastic disposable plates to prepare salads for the customers at the Dock at Crayton Cove.  The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods.  The Dock was left limited in food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business.  Owner Vin DePasquale said, 'This is what it was like when we opened in 1976.  We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • Server Stacie Kennialy continues to serve customers during a packed lunch rush at the Dock at Crayton Cove.  The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods.  The Dock was left with limited food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business.  Owner Vin DePasquale said, 'This is what it was like when we opened in 1976.  We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • Left to right Cooks Juan Francisco Chacon and Erlin Bolanos use a rented outdoor grill to prepare food for customers at the Dock at Crayton Cove.  The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods.  The dock was left limited to food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business.  Owner Vin DePasquale said, 'This is what it was like when we opened in 1976.  We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • Cook Juan Francisco Chacon uses a rented outdoor grill to prepare food for customers at the Dock at Crayton Cove.  The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods.  The dock was left limited to food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business.  Owner Vin DePasquale said, 'This is what it was like when we opened in 1976.  We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • Cook Juan Francisco Chacon uses a rented outdoor grill to prepare food for customers at the Dock at Crayton Cove.  The restaurant has a limited menu consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods.  The dock was left limited to food preparation after loosing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas-line in Fort Myers.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business.  Owner Vin DePasquale said, 'This is what it was like when we opened in 1976.  We got to think like we did 35 years ago, were getting back to their roots. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • George Corzine, left, runs the shop at Fill & Grill, Inc. in East Naples and carries a newly-filled propane tank to Sergio Reyes, right, of La Mexicana restaurant in Golden Gate, on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. With his restaurant unable to fire up their natural gas-powered ovens in the wake of Thursday's gas line rupture and explosion in Fort Myers, Reyes came to Fill & Grill for propane to power alternative modes of cooking and in hopes of keeping the restaurant open. Corzine says that  he did a day's worth of work in three hours on Friday morning as restaurant staffs scrambled to purchase propane and natural gas-to-propane conversion kits for their kitchens. 'I've been here for two years and I haven't seen chaos like this for a long time,' Corzine said. He added that ten people were standing in line when he opened Friday morning and compared Friday's rush for fuel to people preparing for a hurricane. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Cold Cook Jillian Kogan and General Manager Dan Demczak set up a brand new stovetop grill purchased to help deal the loss of all gas powered appliances at restaurant Cafe Lurcat. Cafe Lurcat was left with limited items, serving only 25 percent of their regular menu and using only one of two kitchens at the restaurant.  The ruptured gas-line caused most area restaurants to loose all their gas appliances forcing many establishments to rent or purchase propane cook tops and induction stovetops.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • Cold Cook Jillian Kogan looks over the substitute menu for restaurant Cafe Lurcat due to the loss of all gas appliances. Cafe Lurcat was left with limited items, serving only 25 percent of their regular menu and using only one of two kitchens at the restaurant.  The ruptured gas-line caused most area restaurants to loose all their gas appliances forcing many establishments to rent or purchase propane cook tops and induction stovetops.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • General Manager Dan Demczak for Cafe Lurcat hooks up propane tanks for two substitute grills to help accommodate the loss of all their gas appliances. Cafe Lurcat was left with limited items, serving only 25 percent of their regular menu and using only one of two kitchens at the restaurant.  The ruptured gas-line caused most area restaurants to loose all their gas appliances forcing many establishments to rent or purchase propane cook tops and induction stovetops.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business. Staff\Manuel Martinez
  • General Manager Dan Demczak and Cold Cook Jillian Kogan look over the substitute menu for restaurant Cafe Lurcat due to the loss of all gas appliances. Cafe Lurcat was left with limited items, serving only 25 percent of their regular menu and using only one of two kitchens at the restaurant.  The ruptured gas-line caused most area restaurants to loose all their gas appliances forcing many establishments to rent or purchase propane cook tops and induction stovetops.  A gas line explosion that occurred on Thursday night in Fort Myers Florida is affecting hundreds of restaurants and business. Staff\Manuel Martinez

The Dock at Crayton Cove has a limited menu Friday consisting of cold items, raw appetizers, and steamed and grilled prepared foods. The restaurant was left with limited food preparation after losing all their gas appliances due to a ruptured gas line in Fort Myers on Thursday night.

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