The Monnik Beer Company, like thousands of other businesses, lost power Friday night as a raging storm with winds of more than 70 miles per hour blew through the Louisville metro area.
After the power outage, Monik employees at 1036 E. Barnett Avenue in Schnitzelburg began packing food on ice to preserve it as much as possible. At one point, an employee went out to buy ice bags for the weekend to keep food safe.
The Monnik Beer Company, like many other local businesses, was able to keep most of its products iced until the power was restored on Sunday afternoon, but the Monnik Beer Company, like many other local businesses, was forced to shut down due to the ongoing power outage in the city. As a result, they are facing huge economic losses.
“The biggest problem is lost revenue,” Brian Holton, co-owner of the brewing company, told The Courier-Journal. “It’s safe to estimate a loss of about $20,000.”
Monnik was due to host a private event on Friday night, but had to cancel due to weather. The group then moved the event to a restaurant with power.
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“On the one hand, there was nothing we had to do about it, and there was nothing we could do as a company to prevent it,” Holton said. It’s frustrating and difficult.”
It wasn’t just restaurants and breweries that were hit hard. The full-service Thomas Car Wash on Preston Highway has been closed since around 6pm Friday after a tree fell on a power line. Currently doing car washes at his 3 other locations in Louisville.
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Power outages weren’t the only problem for Thomas Car Wash. He at one of the emergency car washes experienced a power surge that brought down the entire computer system at the location. Because the Preston Highway location was down, the computer was temporarily used to run an express wash, but the car wash company had to replace the fried computer, estimated to cost about $2,000. increase.
In Crestwood, where many residents and businesses have lost power, Gustavo Reyes, owner of the Gustavo Mexican Grill chain, which has five locations in Louisville, said $30,000 to $40,000 worth of food inventory was lost as a result of the power outage. said that he was
Crestwood’s location is the only location at his restaurant that has had a power outage, and has been without power since Saturday.
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“It was hard, and I don’t know when I’ll be able to get my power back, but it was really hard,” Reyes said.
Crestwood employees are allowed to work elsewhere while waiting for power to be returned to the restaurant, Reyes said, so they won’t “lose wages or lose work hours.” Told.
He said the weather phenomenon not only affected his business, but also the lives of his employees and customers.
“We love you all and miss you all so it’s hard not being able to serve you,” Reyes said.
For now, Reyes is choosing to hold on to the hope that he can claim the tens of thousands of dollars of food lost.
The Udel Botanical Gardens, just down the street from Crestwood, also remain without power. “This wasn’t the worst of times,” said Paul Cappiello, the garden’s executive director.
Yew Dell just purchased about a few thousand rootless cuttings and started plant life in the garden’s glasshouse. The greenhouse lost power, but luckily Yew Dell had a generator that could be used to prevent losing “an entire season of sales.”
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While the garden has managed to overcome potentially huge losses, it has lost many plants and trees that were already on the property. Allowed visitors to safely return when recovered.
“One of the really important things after a storm like this is that you have to look up,” Capiello said. “You never know when a branch will break, but if you hang on a tree and after three days a little breeze blows, a large branch can fall over.”
Capiello did not estimate how much the gardens had suffered and continued to lose during the closure, but said, “I don’t think we’ve lost much of our sales, materials or inventory… but it’s certainly been declining. ‘ said. Everyone who walks through the gate is a potential new member, or someone buying a plant, signing up for a program, or volunteering. “
The loss and damage from the storm will not be forgotten as each of these businesses work to clean up and reopen in the coming days.
“What can you do?” said Elise of Thomas Car Wash. “I mean, LG&E knows he works 24 hours a day, so I appreciate that he’s working to get everyone up and running quickly.”
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