Updated 02/18/2013 06:17 PM
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Thousands were in the dark this weekend after a mechanical error caused a blackout in Steuben County. Now, leaders want everyone to limit their energy use until the system can be repaired. YNN's Katie Husband was in Bath and tells us what local restaurants are doing to follow and fill their orders.
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BATH, N.Y. -- When everything goes dark, restaurant owners are faced with some challenges.
"Well, some people have generators and things, but as far as the restaurant goes, we don't have anything quite like that, so when it happens, we do the best we can to take care of people who are here, get them out of here in a timely fashion," said Jamie Hojnoski, Chat-A-Whyle, manager.
Which is how Chat-A-Whyle handled their weekend crowd as thousands in Bath sat in the dark. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems experienced a mechanical problem Saturday which caused the outage through early Sunday morning. But the problem isn't over yet according to the village and the company's spokesperson.
"They ask appliances, he's suggesting that the refrigerators and freezers, don't have them working between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.," said John Stranges, Mayor of the Village of Bath.
Now that the utility company and the village are asking everyone to limit utility use, restaurant owners say it's tough, but they're trying their best.
"We're trying to meet them halfway. To shut the whole restaurant down for the whole day, that's a lot of money for Joyce and for everyone who works here. Monday and Tuesday, we will probably be shutting down at two o'clock, that way we're not too much of a load on the guys over here trying to fix the power," said Hojnoski.
Across the street, Pizza Deelite is running with some of their lights turned off because they have to keep their coolers running.
"Logistically, it's a hassle, it's a pain, but there's nothing you can do about it. You just have to do what you can do, carry on and hopefully you can start over the next day," said Joseph Axtell, a cook at Pizza Deelite.
Which is when these restaurant employees are hoping to be back up and running. But village officials don't know when everything will be back online.
We tried reaching out to Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for additional comment, but couldn't reach anyone because of the holiday.