Charlotte, NC restaurants open after water main ruptures
Water pipe rupture in Charlotte
Many Charlotte residents are expected to boil water after a major water pipe rupture caused an outage across much of the city. The cause is unknown at this time.
A Charlotte Water main line rupture Monday night that resulted in service disruptions in 16 postcodes and a boil order recommendation could have been a disaster for Charlotte restaurants. But as they prepared for the lunch rush of the day on Tuesday, few reported any problems. Other companies, however, were still struggling.
At Vintage Whiskey and Cigar Bar in the South End, general manager Ben Torres said the team called a plumber on Monday when water problems started.
“There was no drop in the line,” Torres said.
After learning it was a citywide problem the bar closed at 6 p.m.
Torres said it cost the company about $ 3,000 in sales, plus a visit from the commercial plumber to check the lines. The Vintage planned to reopen at noon on Tuesday with retail sales of cigars only until the water quality is deemed potable.
In the meantime, Torres said they would destroy any ice made overnight from contaminated water.
“We will outsource the ice if necessary, but the objective is to try to maintain normal operations even if it will incur additional costs,” Torres said.
Low water pressure notice
Charlotte Water said on Tuesday that customers who had experienced low or no water pressure should boil water before drinking, ice cream, brushing teeth or washing dishes.
The low water pressure advisory will remain until Wednesday.
Summit Coffee at NoDa was among the businesses that remained closed on Tuesday. A note posted on the door read: “Closed 2 days due to a water advisory.” Via Instagram, the staff said: “We are grateful to the good people at @cltwater for fixing the broken water line so quickly and look forward to seeing you early tomorrow.”
“We were very busy last night because of this”
Calle Sol Latin Cafe & Cevicheria in Plaza Midwood posted a notice on the door Monday night saying it was unable to provide dinner service. By Tuesday morning, everything was back to normal.
Close to the Midwood Plaza at Moo & Brew, the restaurant actually saw a commercial boom due to the water pipe rupture. “We were very busy last night because of this – because we actually had water,” bartender James Corwin said Tuesday morning.
Soul Gastrolounge closed Monday evening but said via Instagram that it planned to reopen at 8 p.m., noting that its service had been restored. The doors opened at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, as usual, but with plastic plates and utensils, bottled water and clean ice brought in from elsewhere for drinks, another Instagram post said. .
Elsewhere, staff answering phones at Gallery Restaurant inside the Ballantyne Hotel and Main Restaurant 131 in Blakeney said they had no issues.
Close to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where restaurants closed Monday night, everything was fine at Carolina Family Restaurant and Mr. G’s.
But other businesses remain closed.
Topgolf University at 9110 Drivers Way in North Charlotte is closed on Tuesday, citing the water pipe rupture on its website. Topgolf is a 65,000 square foot multi-level indoor and outdoor entertainment venue that includes a restaurant and bar.
This article is in development and may be updated.
This story was originally published October 19, 2021 11:14 am.