When the storm blew through Virginia on June 29, its effects on home and business owners were so severe and widespread that they have been nearly impossible to fully grasp. My brain has struggled to stuff the hundreds of painful anecdotes in one big, heartbreaking file.
To understand the impact on restaurateurs, perhaps it would be easier to zoom in on one example: Montano’s International Gourmet in Roanoke, which was without power for six days last week.
Marty Montano, whose family has owned the restaurant for 43 years, said a utility pole behind Townside Festival strip mall snapped, and both the pole and transformer had to be replaced. By the time he realized the restaurant would not have power restored within a day or two, it was too late to seek food storage space elsewhere.
About a dozen employees reported to work over the June 30 weekend even though they had no power at home. Montano said they showed up to help with everything from trashing food to documenting losses for insurance purposes, all with “no complaints, no begrudging words or anything else. They were just here to help.”
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