West Village Restaurants Largely Dug Out and Accessible, But Can Employees Make It Into Work?
For restaurants in the West Village, digging out from the reported 20 inches of snow last night -- still blowing and drifting in a harsh wind gusting up to 40 miles per hour -- opening the premises to foot traffic was not a problem, but staffing was, as many employees were finding it difficult to get in to work.
Indeed, many coffee shops and fast-food locations were open by 8 this morning, but with short staffs. Twenty-four-hour Gray's Papaya remained open throughout the storm, and was doing a brisk business selling hot dogs to workers shoveling snow along Sixth Avenue. Ditto for 99 Cent Pizza. A few places, such as Gobo and the Windsor, had yet to shovel out, though those were in the minority. The impassable section of the sidewalks mainly belonged to residential apartment buildings, many of which have no supers.