While several businesses have come back online after the devastating explosion in the East Village last week, others are still blocked off by the city. Jimmy Carbone, who owns the popular bar and food world hangout Jimmy's No. 43, talked with Leonard Lopate on WNYC today about the situation. "We don't know when we'll reopen, it could be this weekend, it could be weeks," says Carbone. The city is still working to determine what precisely caused the explosion and if some of the remaining businesses, like Jimmy's, Burp Castle, and Standings are safe to enter.
Meanwhile, Carbone and the other business owners are concerned about water damage. Gas is still turned off, but Carbone says thankfully, electricity is running in the building, which is keeping his kegs and food from spoiling. Carbone is also worried about paying his staff and mounting bills. To help, he's selling gift certificates to the bar, which helped him recover after Hurricane Sandy.
Since the fire, it has been difficult to reach B & H, the old Jewish dairy counter, which sat next to Pommes Frites, to see how the team there is doing. Carbone shares that the counter is back, but without gas.