Coral Springs restaurants suffer lost revenue due to gas outage • Coral Springs Talk

By Kevin Deutsch

Some businesses in Coral Springs were still experiencing gas outages Saturday morning, a day after construction crews ruptured a gas line on Wiles Road.

Local restaurants including The Cook & the Cork, Wings Plus and Tavolino Della Notte were among the eateries unable to serve the typical number of customers on a busy Friday night. Without gasoline, chefs have turned to mobile food stations and other alternatives to serve hungry customers.

At The Cook & the Cork, around half the usual number of online reservations could be met for Friday night dinner, typically among the highest-grossing meals of the week.

“For us, that’s thousands” of dollars in lost revenue, said Keith Blauschild, chef-owner of The Cook & the Cork. “We are a small restaurant. Every restaurant in Coral Springs has been affected, so I can’t even imagine the loss of revenue for everyone. »

The owners of Tavolino Della Notte wrote on Facebook on Friday that “we are temporarily closed due to a citywide gas leak.” They later reported that their gas service had been restored.

According to the City of Coral Springs, construction crews ruptured a gas line and caused severe damage on Wiles Road on Friday. In order to properly carry out the repairs, the gas line was shut off.

The ruptured gas line supplies University Drive from Wiles Road to Southgate Boulevard and up to Coral Springs Drive, including businesses on Sample Road. A total of about 120 utility customers, mostly businesses, were affected Friday afternoon, according to the city.

TECO Peoples Gas, the gas supplier to the affected businesses, said 15 customers, mostly businesses, were still without gas as of Saturday morning. The company restored gas to 130 customers on Friday, including businesses, said TECO Peoples Gas spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs.

Coral Springs restaurants suffer revenue loss due to gas outage

Nadia Talbott, Grill Chef, Francisco Costa, Pantry Chef, and Keith Blauschild, Executive Chef/Owner fry and cook dinner orders on their commercial portable equipment in their parking lot Friday in Coral Springs. {Cook and the Cork Restaurant}

Jacobs said the company had a team of workers on the ground Saturday to restore service to customers still without gas.

“Anyone still out should get their gas back this morning,” she said.

Jacobs added that someone must be present at the company for workers to enter and restore gas.

Utility customers with questions can call TECO at (866) 832-6249.

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Kevin Deutsch
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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime reporter and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on the staff of the Miami Herald, New York Daily News and Palm Beach Post.

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