WJTV News Channel 12 - Restaurants trying to recover from power loss

Restaurants trying to recover from power loss

Posted: Updated:
ROANOKE, VA -

Crews were hard at work throughout the day Saturday restoring power to thousands in Roanoke.

Montanos Restaurant went dark around this time last year because of the derecho and they lost power this time too.

"It was worse last year than it was this year, but it doesn't make it any easier when you have to strip your complete restaurant out and refill it again. It is quite a task and I couldn't be prouder of my employees," said Marty Montano, the owner.

He says they had to cancel some events -- like a wedding rehearsal dinner. Montano estimates they lost around $40,000 last year but only about $10,000 this year.

Around 1 p.m. Saturday power was restored and crews worked tirelessly to prepare for events this evening.

"Sometimes you'd like to see things happen a little faster, but right now I'm just extremely thankful" said Montano.

He says although they lost some of their food during the power outage, U.S. Foods donated a refrigerated truck bed, to keep the rest of their food from going bad.

"The only reason why we did lose a couple of things is because we make a lot of things from scratch and when you make things from scratch without a lot of chemicals and preservatives, that's the risk that you take" said Montano.

So as they set the table for tonight, they know firsthand, it could have been a lot worse. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:42:30 GMT
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
  • Bedford Sheriff Department searches home on Nemmo Road

    Bedford Sheriff Department searches home on Nemmo Road

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:19:56 GMT
    There was a flurry of police activity Monday in Bedford County.
    There was a flurry of police activity Monday in Bedford County.
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.