Local restaurant surprised by how outages affected them

Local restaurant surprised by how outages affected them

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Waffle Inn in Blytheville usually has a crowed by 5 a.m., but Friday morning there was no power and no customers.

Empty tables is something no business wants to see.

Instead of closing shop for the day, employees kept their gas grills heated and hoped the electricity would be restored quickly.

A couple of hours later power came on for them, but remained out for residential areas.

What they thought was going to be a slow day quickly changed in their favor.

Several people who could not cook at home came out to the restaurant, keeping employees busier than expected, according to lead waitress Dana Woolsey.

"First thing this morning it did affect our business," Woolsey said. "Since the power came on it's been a lot busier. It's actually helped. We stayed open and got very busy."

Although business ended up being a great Friday, Woolsey hopes that the weather remains calm overnight and things get back to the normal routine Saturday morning.

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