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How businesses are handling power outages

How businesses are handling power outage

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There's a loud hum from the generator outside LaSalle Grill, powering the restaurant during the power outage.  But you'd never know it inside.  Friday night the restaurant was bustling during the dinner rush.  Managing Partner Andrew Galloway said they have 215 reservations this weekend.  "This is actually the busiest weekend of the year."   

Why?  Because it's graduation weekend for St. Mary's and Notre Dame.  That's why he was so relieved to get a generator.  "People make reservations, we start taking them April 1st," said Galloway, "they've been depending on us so we couldn't let them down."

City officials said businesses insurance may cover the cost of the generators they're using.  We asked Galloway if their generator is covered by insurance and he said at this time he didn't know and that his main concern was just getting it up and running. 

Griffin Books owner Ken Peczkowski is making business work without power. "We've got our back up cash register, which doesn't require electricity."

They also have landlines and other "old school" technology.  "We've got flashlights so if any customer wants to come in and venture into the basement.  We have enough ambient light from windows to see pretty well on the first floor," said Peczkowski

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