NYC restaurants grapple with superstorm aftermath

November 4, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE – In this Wed., Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, Leigh Dworkin, right, waits for a slice of pizza as Carlos Quizhplema, left, and Rosa Rosas work behind the counter at Frank’s Trattoria, in New York. The establishment had water, but no electricity or phone service. Quizhplema rode his bicycle 3 hours from the Flushing section in the Queens borough of New York to get to work. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

Leah Tinari knew by smell alone that Superstorm Sandy had devastated her Lower East Side eatery, Fatta Cuckoo.

As the epic storm barreled down on Manhattan, Tinari’s basement refrigerators were stacked high with beef spareribs, pork tenderloin, scallops, imported Gorgonzola. By Monday, relief that her 28-seat restaurant had been spared any flooding quickly turned to loss.

“When we got there, you could already smell the stuff in the refrigerators,” Login to read more

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