Coral Springs Restaurants Suffer Revenue Losses Amid Gas Outage


By Kevin Deutsch

Some Coral Springs businesses were still enduring gas outages Saturday morning, a day after construction crews ruptured a gas line on Wiles Road.

Local eateries, including The Cook & the Cork, Wings Plus, and Tavolino Della Notte, were among the restaurants unable to serve the typical number of customers on a busy Friday night. Without gas, chefs turned to mobile catering stations and other alternatives to serve hungry customers.

At The Cook & the Cork, about half the usual number of online reservations could be accommodated for Friday night dinner—typically among the most profitable meals of the week.

“For us, it’s thousands” of dollars in lost revenue, said Keith Blauschild, Chef-Owner at The Cook & the Cork. “We’re a small restaurant.  Every restaurant in Coral Springs was affected, so I can’t even imagine the revenue loss for everyone.”

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Tavolino Della Notte’s owners wrote on Facebook Friday that “we are temporarily closed due to a city-wide gas leak.” They later reported their gas service was restored.

According to the City of Coral Springs, construction crews ruptured a gas line and caused severe damage on Wiles Road Friday. In order to properly make repairs, the gas line was shut off.

The ruptured gas line feeds University Drive from Wiles Road to Southgate Boulevard and over to Coral Springs Drive, including businesses on Sample Road. In total, around 120 utility customers, most of them businesses, were being impacted Friday afternoon, according to the city.

TECO Peoples Gas, the gas provider to the impacted businesses, said 15 customers, primarily businesses, were still without gas Saturday morning. The company restored gas to 130 customers Friday, including businesses, said Cherie Jacobs, spokesperson for TECO Peoples Gas.

Coral Springs Restaurants Suffer Revenue Losses Amid Gas Outage

Nadia Talbott, Grill Chef, Francisco Costa, Pantry Chef, and Keith Blauschild, Executive Chef/Owner fry and bake dinner orders on their commercial portable equipment in their parking lot on Friday in Coral Springs. {Cook and the Cork Restaurant}

Jacobs said the company had a team of workers in the field Saturday restoring service to customers still without gas.

“Anyone who’s still out should have their gas back on this morning,” she said.

Jacobs added that someone must be present at the business for workers to get inside and restore gas.

Utility customers with questions can call TECO at (866) 832-6249.

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Kevin Deutsch

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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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