Crews hit water main; leave Cape Coral businesses scrambling
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CREATED Sep. 4, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Water may not be the first drink you think of at a bar but it is having one of the biggest impacts there thanks to a nearby water main break in Cape Coral.
Wednesday is 'Ladies' Night' at Dixie Roadhouse and one of their busiest nights of the week.
And they had to scramble Wednesday to find other ways around not having the use of water for hundreds of their customers after workers hit a water main late Wednesday morning putting dozens of places along 47th Terrace under a boil water advisory.
"A little chaotic, a little crazy," said Alan Lessard, the assistant general manager at Dixie Roadhouse as he explained the hectic day to get ready for customers after learning about the water main break.
"It means we are not allowed to use our soda guns or ice, we have to purchase ice, purchase all the products for our mixes and for cocktails," Lessard said.
A large ice truck now sits in the back of the building. The drinks now flow from a can instead of the soda gun.
"How much is all of this going to set you back?" reporter Kelli Stegeman asked Lessard.
"Could be up to a couple thousand dollars if they get it resolved by Friday," he said. "I'm sure they will, the City of Cape Coral has always been great."
Friday is the earliest for the advisory to lift depending on water tests.
The owner of Backstreets told FOX 4 off camera she is also out anywhere between $500-$1000.
She and other businesses hope for compensation.
Dixie Roadhouse isn't counting on it.
"This is something we'll have to absorb," said Lessard. "These things happen, it's out of anybody's control."
All is under control at Dixie Roadhouse for the moment but management is worried what will happen if the advisory isn't lifted then.
"We have a 'Downtown Hoedown' out on the street and a huge block party which would be huge if we'd have to purchase all of it for that," Lessard said.
Until then, he has a "can"-do attitude.