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Restaurants back in business after power outage from MGE fire

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Restaurants back in business after power outage from MGE fire

Restaurants back in business after power outage from MGE fire

Downtown restaurants are back in business after having to close their doors during a power outage Friday.

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Restaurants back in business after power outage from MGE fire

Continuing team coverage of yesterday's power outages.... power has been restored to all madison gas and electric customers following yesteerday's substation fires.

Gabriella bachara is here with more information on the recovery process.

Gabriella?

Today... madison gas and electric says crews are at the site of the explosion to conduct their restoration process.

Work crews are assesing the damage caused by the fire.

Madison gas and electric says there is an ongoing investigation as to what caused the fires.

There are also clean up crews on site.

(((&lt;kaya freiman/mge spokesperson "they're continuing to assess the extent of the damage and conduct an investigation.

The cleanup work is ongoing and what you would expect following a fire at a substation."))) when asked what the cleanup entailed... m-g- and-e said it is a cleanup and restoration of the substation.

The department of natural resources is overseeing the cleanup and providing technical assistance dnr says their primary concern is containment of the material released by the explosion... including transformer oil and the runoff water used to fight the fire.

M-g-and-e says... quote... we are not concerned about the forecasted weather impacting our ongoing restoration process.

We are continuing to make substantial progress.

Local resturants are back in business today after having to shut their doors during the power outage.

General managers say they were disappointed they couldn't be open heading into the weekend.

(pkg) &lt;jeff spear/general manager> "you can't pick a day when these things happen but having it be a friday... always a bummer to have something like this on a friday or saturday night."

Downtown restaurants affected by the power outage closed their doors to customers and tried to save their product.

&lt;jeff spear/general manager> "we didn't lose any food.

The amount of time that everything was down for was within limits.

We had everything on ice that needed to be iced.

We made sure to keep our freezer just closed, our walk in freezer closed.

We refused a few produce deliveries, a few perishable deliveries.

That were coming in scheduled for yesterday that we had to just talk to the distribuiter and send those back to the company."

Suejo wasn't able to open at all yesterday.

&lt;jeff spear/general manager> "we sent everybody home, stuck around till about noon-ish, i think, when the power came back on and then planned for a 5 o'clock opening but unfortuantely the internet and phones were still down.

Our credit card payments were down all day yesterday."

Across the street... tangent also suffered from the power outage.

&lt;giles hietpas/general manager> "it was unexpected, so our first concern was making sure that the area was safe, the business was safe, but also that our food was safe."

Their restaurant loaded their perishable items into a cooler trailer and brought it to their other location.

&lt;giles hietpas/general manager> "thankfully, we didn't suffer any food loss or anything like that."

Tagent opened for dinner last night &lt;giles hietpas/general manager> "they were able to come in and enjoy the ac and a cold beer."

Both restaurants are open to buisness again and hope it stays that way.

&lt;jeff spear/general manager> "once it came back on it was here to stay so we are just going to operate under the assumption that we are just going to be good from here on out and hopefully that's the case."

Restaurant managers say they will proed with business as usual.

When asked if their would be any more rolling power outages... m-g-and-e said all power was restored.

Thank you




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