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A Look Back at the Year Following Hurricane Sandy

Photo: Amy McKeever/Eater.com

It's been one year since Hurricane Sandy terrorized the Eastern Seaboard, leaving a massive, devastating impact on the restaurant industry along the East Coast. Below is a roundup of news stories covering restaurants effected by the storm, from initial surveys of damaged neighborhoods to interviews with chefs nearly a year later. While there are several restaurants that remain closed, there are also many that have reopened. Their stories, below:

Economic Impacts

· Eater NY talks with Richard Coraine, the senior managing partner of Union Square Hospitality Group who explains the impact of Hurricane Sand on Union Square Cafe, Maialino, Shake Shack, Gramercy Tavern, and the rest of the group's establishments. there are two components: there's lost revenue, and there's lost product. "We were closed for four to five days in any restaurant around the Union Square area. Union Square Café, Blue Smoke, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, they were all out of revenue for five days. And then the lost product as well. That's where you make the calculation. Everyone lost a lot of money."

· Eater NY talked with several restaurateurs about their insurance woes in the months after Hurricane Sandy including an interview with Cris Criswell who was burned by Travellers Insurance.

· Eater examined the economic impact of the storm on the hospitality industry in Atlantic City, where a five-day mandatory shuttering added to the financial struggles caused by the storm.

· Serious Eats speaks with restaurateurs almost a year after the storm and finds that many are still suffering the financial consequences. On the lasting impact of the storm, East Village restaurant Northern Spy Food Co. reports: "The way we accumulate profit is extremely slow. When something like that happens you do realize how long it takes you to get back to where you were."

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[Photo: Amy McKeever/Eater.com]

Lasting Damage

· Eater NY has been tracking that were closed because of Hurricane Sandy, regularly updating their map to reflect reopenings. Eater NY also has a list of restaurants that closed permanently because of Sandy.

· The Brooklyn Paper pays tribute to several Brooklyn restaurants that were closed by Sandy including Cha Cha's (Coney Island), Almondine (Park Slope), and Governor (Dumbo).

Rebuilding & Reopening

· Eater NY investigated the damages in the hardest hit areas of Manhattan like the Financial District and South Street Seaport areas in the weeks following the storm. They found several restaurateurs committed to the process of rebuilding.

· Eater NY's video series The Sandy Chronicles examined how restaurateurs were coping in the wake of the storm while the fate of their restaurants were still very much uncertain. The series focused on three restaurants: Home/Made in Red Hook, Barbarini Alimentari in the Seaport, and Almondine in Dumbo. Check out some of those videos below:

Video: The Sandy Chronicles Episode 1: The Road to Recovery


Video: The Sandy Chronicles Episode 5: Moving Forward


· Eater's Amy McKeever went to Atlantic City in the Winter of 2013 to talk with chefs, restaurateurs, and city representatives to learn their Hurricane Sandy stories and peer into the city's recovery. She examined the overall impact of the storm on Atlantic City, plus examined the specific scenarios of casinos, Atlantic Cit institution Steve & Cookie's By the Bay, Italian mainstay Girasole, and 86 year-old restaurant Tony's Baltimore Grill.

· Eater also tracked progress in Hoboken, checking in shortly after the storm and then again a month later. Eater also examined the effects on the restaurant scene in the Hamptons. Eater NY headed out to Jersey City and Hoboken to survey the scene, and also went to the Rockaways in the month following the storm to check in on the restaurant community there as it was beginning its recovery process.

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[Photo: Lockhart Steele/Eater.com]

· Hoboken chef Maricel Presilla tells Eater about her year recovering from the devastating impact of the storm. Although Hoboken was like a "ghost town" after the storm, Presilla has reopened and won a James Beard Award in May for her cookbook, Gran Cocina Latina.

· Serious Eats chronicles the recovery process that Sandy-damaged restaurants have faced over the last year, including the rebuilding of famed Coney Island pizzeria Totonno's.

· Metro takes a look at restaurants recovering in the Rockaways. Says Thai Rock owner Robert Kaskel who has rebuilt his restaurant: "I spent a year struggling to get to this point and now I'm more afraid than ever that it can be taken away because I have so much more invested in it." Eater also spoke with Kaskel shortly after the storm when he described Hurricane Sandy as an opportunity to make the restaurant even better, saying "You don't get a chance like this often."

· Robert Sietsema takes a look the beloved pizzerias of Staten Island, some of which have recovered from the storm. At Nunzio's Pizzeria and Restaurant there's "no hint of the wall of seawater and sewage that tumbled through kitchen and dining room during the hurricane." SILive also reports that after a $275,000 renovation DiSara Restaurant in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island has made a "complete recovery."

· All Hurricane Sandy Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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