This is a story shared by Brendan Bankowski, owner/operator of the now-closed Taste restaurant in Victoria Park.
I owned a small 26 seat wine bar called Taste located in the Hotel Arts retail section along 1st Street SW in the Beltline.
However, when the power was shut down to the neighborhood we were forced to evacuate with an hours notice, during a busy dinner service.
We were not allowed back into the building for almost 6 full days, meaning all food product was lost to waste.
Our insurance did not cover any lost product or revenue as they deemed the city power shut down as not part of our coverage.
Obviously an extreme challenge for a very small business with incredibly tight margins.
We survived because the community, neighbours and regular customers realized we were in dire shape without an immediate boost in business and people came through in a big way supporting us with their patronage as soon as we were able to re-open their doors.
Although I’ve sold Taste, I now operate a business just one block west and fear the same scenario is inevitable without immediate solutions to further flooding.
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