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Gallipolis businesses and employees recovering after week-long water service outage

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Dish taker, Paul Rodgers returns to work. Rodgers and his wife both work in the food service business. Both went without work and pay for a week. Dish taker, Paul Rodgers returns to work. Rodgers and his wife both work in the food service business. Both went without work and pay for a week.
GALLIPOLIS, Oh. - The pies are being made again at Sweet Blessings Restaurant and Catering, and the wings are being served at the Courtside Bar and Grill, after the businesses took big hits from a week-long water service outage.

Sweet Blessings owner, Diana Nuce, is trying to get her two-month old business functional again, by replacing all the meat and vegetables she lost.

"This is just what little stuff I was able to get in from my supplier this morning," says Nuce as she points to a nearly empty shelf in her walk-in freezer.

The restaurants were hit hard. Their employees were hit harder.

"When you lose eight days worth of revenue, or seven and a half days worth of revenue, it stings quite a bit," says Mike Davis, general manager of the Courtside. "But it pales in comparison to the effect that it had on our staff."

A total of 35 employees had a surprise, week-long furlough at the Courtside.

Courtside bartender and server, Samantha Baird usually pulls four doubles a week. She has three children, and one on the way.

She needs this income, even though the restaurant business is unpredictable to begin with.

"You can't really judge what you're going to make, week to week. You just hope for the best," says Baird.

Dish taker at Sweet Blessings, Paul Rodgers, is "double-excited" to be at work again, because his household was losing double.

"Well, there's two of us in my house that work in restaurants, so there was two paychecks missing. That makes it hard paying the bills," says Rodgers. "Just being off a week hurt so bad. It'll take me the rest of the month to get caught back up."

As Rodgers' boss, Nuce, gets caught up, she says she may have to make changes that she hopes her ten employees will understand.

"I still need to assess exactly what all it is that I'll need to cut back," says Nuce. "But there will be fewer hours, unfortunately, for my employees."