Businesses close because of power outages

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Updated: 7/24/2013 11:32 pm Published: 7/24/2013 11:20 pm

The severe weather hit the pockets of restaurant owners even harder.

We've learned some businesses had to throw away as much as $1,000 worth of food because of the power outage that stretched across parts of Oklahoma.

There were at least three restaurants in Highland Shopping Center with the same closed sign saying, "Closed No Power." Restaurant owners say the hardest part of Wednesday was watching the customers walk away.

"(I) got the phone call, rushed up here, didn't even grab a shower," said Thomas Hunter, the owner of Ricardos.
He rushed to the restaurant hoping to salvage whatever food he could by putting it in the freezer. However, he still had to throw out some food.

"Some of the smaller refrigerators like this one here, we lost any product that was in there, like dressing," he said.

Hunter told FOX23's Dontaye Carter he had to throw out $200 worth of food.

On the other side of the shopping center at Desi Wok, they had the same problem but lost a lot more food.

LaBrena Shamsi, Desi Wok owner, turned away numerous customers because the power was off all day.

"I've been sitting here calling PSO over and over and going through what food I had to throw away," she said.
Shamsi lost $1,000 worth of food.

Hunter was able to save much of his food with a generator. Shamsi is working to get one for her freezer.

She showed me all the vegetables, chicken, beef and shrimp she's had to throw out.

Both owners said the toughest part was losing business.

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