Restaurants Busy As People With No Power Look For Food

By Maureen Kyle

(LOUISVILLE, July 15th, 2004, 12:30 p.m.) -- With thousands of people still without electricity two days after intense storms ripped through Louisville, workers at area restaurants found themselves serving large crowds. WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle reports.

Thousands of LG&E customers remained without power Thursday, and many of those no doubt had to throw out food that spoiled in non-working refrigerators. That leaves many with no other alternative but to eat out.

It's usually crowded at Lynn's Paradise Cafe on Barrett Avenue, and the restaurant was bustling Thursday with an even larger lunch crowd than usual, since a people in the Highlands neighborhood where Lynn's is located were among the hardest-hit.

Manager Lori Pritchett says they've been busy since they reopened after being without power until about noon on Wednesday. "It's been crazy all morning," she said. Unfortunately, we missed yesterday morning, but since we opened, people have been coming in who either still don't have power or they don't have anything left in their fridge because they just got their power back on."

Pritchard says Lynn's was fortunate to have a plan in place to deal with power failures and didn't lose any food. "We had a plan in place with Gordon Food Service, our food supplier. They brought us a refrigerated truck immediately, so we were able to get all our food out and into the truck."

LG&E crews have continued to make progress in restoring power across the city. As of the noon hour, the company said an estimated 49,000 were still without electricity. That's down from over 100,000 at the height of the storm.

Remember -- all downed power lines are potentially dangerous and should be avoided. If you need to report a downed line, call LG&E at 589-3500.

Online Reporter: Maureen Kyle

Online Producer: Michael Dever