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Restaurants Hit Hard by Severe Weather

Cold weather is freezing the finances for many restaurants already struggling to survive a year of massive challenges.

Posted: Feb 13, 2021 9:59 AM
Updated: Feb 13, 2021 10:35 AM

Lamasco Bar and Grill is just one of so many restaurants in the tri-state that are feeling the icy loss of revenue this week from the snow.

Normally, they’d be raking in thousands of cash with Mardi Gras coming up, but now, they are just trying to survive.

"We completely shut down on Thursday because of the ice storm,” said Amy Word, owner of Lamasco Bar and Grill, located on Franklin Street.

And she is still dealing with the aftermath of this weekly, harrowing winter storm.

"We've gone through pounds and pounds of ice melt and things here like that,” Word said. “And I know the crew went out this morning to grab more."

She is also one of many restaurant owners who still took the risk of celebrating Mardi Gras.

"Normally this time on Franklin Street - there would hundreds of people up and down the street,” Word said. “Thousands coming for the Gumbo Cook Off -- it's one of our biggest visited times on the street -- it looks remarkably different this year."

Meaning expensive, specially imported food, may go to waste.

"We brought about $20,000K worth of product in,” Word said. “You know thousands of pounds of crawfish -- fresh oysters.”

The hope -- is people will still come out to support.

"Those of us who kind of took the risk this year -- if you can support -- absolutely go out and do it,” Word said. “If you got to eat gumbo everyday for the next four days, if you got to eat crawfish for the next few days -- anything to help out the restaurateurs that kind of took a plunge this year."

But with even harsher weather coming in next week --

"Obviously the ice storm hit -- schools closed the last few days,” Word said. “We're looking at a ton of snow the next week -- it feels like the hits just keep on coming."

And even though they are financially hurting, they are going to spend even more money buying salt, to prepare for the impending weather.

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