Everyone, it seems, is obsessed with the amount of money local jurisdictions are spending on snow removal, but consider how much money local restaurateurs are losing due to the storm(s). And then consider that they can’t exactly apply for federal disaster relief.
Cathal Armstrong, the chef/owner of Restaurant Eve, Eamonn’s and The Majestic, figures he’s lost about $100,000 in revenue from the past three snowstorms, which have forced Eve to close for several days, including those cash-cow weekend dates.
There are other losses, too, like tossing food that’s gone bad because it has sat unused in the walk-in.
“It was a very expensive hit, for sure,” he tells Y&H this afternoon after Eve’s lunch shift. “Already in a struggling economy, a blow like this can be tough.”
Thank God for this weekend then. It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, which Armstrong calls, with considerable Irish understatement, a “freebie.” Apparently the latest blizzard hasn’t hurt Eve’s V-Day reservations. Armstrong reports no cancellations yet. He thinks Cabin Fever may benefit restaurants.
“Everybody we’ve spoken to is talking about how bored they are,” Armstrong says. “I know they are anxious to get back out.”