Bay Area restaurants tally losses from spoiled food, lost sales from power shutoffs

Pacific Gas and Electric’s late October power shutoffs impacted numerous restaurants in the Bay Area. Restaurants lost food and customers.

Picco Restaurant & Pizzeria, a restaurant specialized in California-influenced Neapolitan pizzas in Larkspur, had to close their restaurant Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m. and reopened on Oct. 29. It estimates its losses at $43,000.

The shutdown caused the restaurant to lose six meal periods, said Ryan Heis, Picco’s managing partner. The restaurant had to throw out some of its food and beverages. Some of these included stocks, sauces and open bottles of wine served by the glass. 

“We lost a lot, we lost a good Saturday night business,” said Lauren Cnos, general manager at Marinitas, a Latin focused restaurant located in San Anselmo. “We opened until the power turned off at 8:25 p.m. on Saturday. We lost a remainder of our business that evening. We lost all our products to waste. We did lose quite a bit of business sales, and we lost food.”

Marinitas lost about $25,000 in sales, because the restaurant lost full three days of business. They had to close their restaurants from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29. The restaurant was able to get a generator to keep the refrigerator cold, so that just in case the power did not come back. The restaurant reopened Oct. 30.


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