Posted on March 3, 2013 at 6:51 PM
Monday, Mar 4 at 6:43 AM
Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS – Across the East Bank of New Orleans Sunday night, restaurants like Salut are heeding a boil water notice to keep customers safe. Many are giving away bottled water.
“It cuts into profits, most definitely labor intensive,” said Greg Thomas, Salut general manager. “You just roll with the punches, do whatever steps you have to do to make sure you're taking care of your people.”
Sante Fe restaurant near Bayou St. John bought dozens of bags of ice to make up for its inability to use its ice machine.
“I have no idea what we're going to do. We're closed on Mondays which is cool, but if this is still going on Tuesday, we're just going to have to spend more money, get more bottled water, more bags of ice,” said Taylor Jay, Sante Fe bartender.
Outside Community Coffee House on Esplanade, customers were greeted by a sign saying no hot drinks or espresso would be available. Some customers simply turned away.
“First thing I saw was a sign that said I couldn't get any hot tea which is what I was looking for. So I was a little bit disappointed,” said customer Clark Knighten, who opted for iced tea instead.
At Breaux Mart in the Garden District, managers said hundreds of water bottles have flown off the shelves since Sunday morning as people respond to the boil water notice.
“They're picking up two or three gallons at a time,” said Stephen Exnicios, assistant manager of Breaux Mart. “Because of this we called in a truck tomorrow morning to [bring] some extra water.”
Like many on the East Bank, one Irish Channel resident said he had low water pressure this morning. But even as he picked up water bottles at the grocery story, he's looking on the bright side.
“Well, beer's still good, no problem there,” said Jeff Willis.
Meanwhile, businesses said they'll do what they must to keep their doors open during the city's second boil water notice in five months.
Officials said they will review test results and decide whether to lift the boil water notice some time Tuesday.