Downtown power outage leaves restaurants in the dark

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - From One Government Center, to the Municipal Court, multiple downtown buildings lost power yesterday when a city contractor damaged an underground cable.

However, government services weren’t the only downtown happenings affected.

Local restaurants were left in the dark.

Focaccia’s Deli inside the HCR Manor-Care closed yesterday due to the loss of power.

The owner of Focaccia’s and The Blarney, Ed Beczynski, says an outdoor dining space was planned to open yesterday, but the outage shut down that plan.

Thousands of dollars were lost in sales and food being thrown out.
Becznski says he’s already taking legal action.

"Unfortunately that contractor that hit that wire, that, that's not real good and we'll see what we'll have to do to get some of our money back from somebody,” says Becznski.

The Toledo Safety Building and the Renaissance Hotel are running on power from generators.

The rooftop bar above the hotel, The Heights, was closed last night, but reopened today.

On the bright side, customers say they still enjoyed the food and atmosphere despite the inconvenience of some menu items not being available as a result of the outage.

A Toledo Edison spokesman says crews should restore power to all five buildings by Sunday night.