As New York and surrounding areas slowly get back to normal, The New York Times reports that restaurants are still recuperating after Hurricane Sandy took as much as $600,000 from some restaurants.
And while the lights are back on downtown, restaurateurs are rethinking and rebuilding their restaurants with storms in mind; owners are rethinking traditions of building kitchens and refrigerators in the basement, and many are considering backup power and communication systems.
A Park Slope, Brooklyn, restaurant, Bogota Latin Bistro, is looking to install sump pumps and reinforce walls, while other owners are also thinking of using waterproof materials and finding ways to drain and pump out water.
Hot shot restaurateur Danny Meyer is even rethinking his (very intricate) system, first prioritizing a stormproof communication system, The Times says. "In the future you can’t have me running the company from the bathroom of a gym on one cellphone, relying on a cell tower," Meyer said, which is exactly what he did during Hurricane Sandy.