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Chappaqua Businesses Find Normalcy after Irene

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.—Despite the 1,700 households still without power throughout New Castle, business in downtown Chappaqua has returned to normal as the power on upper King Street and North Bedford Road has been restored. Businesses lost thousands of dollars in food and revenue due to power outages resulting from Tropical Storm Irene.

Local businesses are getting creative, finding ways to recoup the losses suffer while being without power for more than 24 hours.

“We lost power for three days,” said Angelo Tradito, owner of Old Stone Trattoria. “We lost between $1,800 and $2,000 in food during the Hurricane. It’s hard to say exactly but I’d guess between $10,000 to $12,000 in business was lost because of those three days. It was an incredible disaster. We put ads in the Penny Saver to help catch up on something.”

Other businesses went to more extreme measures to save their businesses, like sleeping at their stores to protect the generators keeping their food.

“I found out we lost power Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and my 6:30 a.m., we had ten guys down here trying to save as much food as we can,” said Vinny Milazzo, owner of Chappaqua Village Market. “I slept here for 15 hours. We kept as much as we could but we lost about 10 cases worth of stuff.”

Milazzo estimates his losses between $10,000 and $20,000. The Chappaqua Village Market is open this Sunday and Monday to catch up on business.

“This has never happened in 36 years,” Milazzo said. “We’ve never lost power for more than 15 hours the whole time. We had two generators going for two days.”

Quaker Hill Tavern, Chappaqua’s only pub was without power for three days, losing most of their food in the process. They were able to save their beer however.

“We were closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,” said Erin Teter, manager at Quaker Hill Tavern. “It hurts. We could’ve done well with everything else closed, but we did save our beer. We brought it to my house in Millwood and kept it cold.”

How did you salvage your food during the extended power outage? If you are still in the dark, how are you coping? Doing anything ingenuitive? Please share on our Facebook page!

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