How to save a beach restaurant in a hurricane
Posted September 01, 2018 08:21:30 The owners of one of New York City’s best-known beach restaurants in the country are bracing for a flood of Hurricane Irma’s wrath.
Taco Bell in the East Village, a landmark for decades in a gritty section of the city, is in dire straits.
Its owner is under pressure to close or drastically reduce its menu to the extent possible, which would require cutting down its dining room and kitchen and turning the restaurant into a temporary hotel.
The restaurant has been the scene of much drama since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in late September, leaving many of its patrons stranded at its hotel, which is run by a group of local residents.
“I don’t want to see any of the people from the island go to our hotel, or anyone else’s hotel,” said Taco Bell’s owner, Jose Guzman.
“I don`t want to have any guests in the city.”
The city’s emergency management chief, Anthony Ritchie, announced Wednesday that he is sending an emergency team to the restaurant.
He said he hopes the restaurant can survive.
The island’s tourism industry is in turmoil, with hotels closing and restaurants closing, and the mayor of the U.S. territory has called for a ban on all travel to Puerto Rico.
The island has been battered by storms in the past, with several hurricanes hitting it over the past decade.
A report released Wednesday by the island’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the storm has made landfall in the United States with sustained winds of 125 mph.
The storm was moving in a northwest direction at 1 mph, but the report does not specify that direction.
The agency said it expected the storm to continue moving northeast toward Puerto Rico, and that it was “likely to be a tropical storm.”
The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the island and may cause coastal flooding.
The storm is predicted to bring up to five inches of rain to the islands of Puerto Rico and the U, Virgin Islands and as much as 10 inches to the Carolinas, including parts of Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, the agency said.
It was not immediately clear how much damage would be caused by the storm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.