The massive water main break and street collapse on East Houston caused a lot of damage to restaurants on the block. Alex Linomontes, the general manager at The Lobster Joint, tells the Wall Street Journal that flooding from the water main break damaged kitchen equipment in the basement, and it ruined thousands of dollars worth of seafood. Mr Linomontes notes: "We're out of business...We still have bills to pay, and there are hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage."
Katz's stayed open all day yesterday, but owner Jake Dell says that the basement took on a foot and a half of water and the restaurant is experiencing electrical and plumbing problems. The pastrami was not damaged by the flooding. Bereket, a Turkish restaurant down the block, had no water yesterday. Head over to Bowery Boogie for more photos of the scene on Houston Street.
· Houston Street Pipe Break Hurts Businesses, Drivers [WSJ]
· Fallout from the Water Main Break [BB]