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Austin restaurants trying to bounce back after power outages put business on pause

For many local businesses, power lost means money lost. Julio's Café said it lost thousands in revenue.

AUSTIN, Texas — Many Austin restaurants that lost power in last week's ice storm are trying to bounce back from lost food and revenue.

In Hyde Park, Mexican restaurant Julio's Café lost power for a week.

"I am not happy that it happened because everyone is impacted,” said manager Bobbie Salinas.

Staff had to get rid of a lot of their food.

"This is the chicken we got this morning because he had to throw all of it away," Salinas told KVUE.

Between the loss of food and not being open for a week, the revenue loss really added up.

"Thousands – it was a lot. It was a lot of money because we are a small business," said Salinas.

Julio's was prepping food on Wednesday, getting ready to open again on Thursday and hoping to make up for that lost revenue.

"Prepping hot sauces, and soups and tomatillo for the enchiladas," said Salinas.

Julio's is not only the business impacted by the outages. San Francisco Bakery & Café on West Anderson Lane, a family-owned business since 1995 that serves up homemade sweet treats, breakfast and sandwiches, was also closed for a couple days. It's now back open.

John Tran is the co-owner.

"It means the world," said Tran.

Without power, the bakery lost thousands of dollars in revenue.

"Revenue loss is definitely high," said Tran. "Obviously any time you have a power outage you have some loss of stuff, but we tried to managed as much as we could."

Since reopening, Tran said the good thing is they have been busy.

Salinas said they are ready to open again on Thursday.

"I am happy we are going to be open tomorrow, finally," she said.

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