NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The rough weather produced by Hurricane Sandy last week was something of a boon to Joe Papallo and the staff at Chicken Joe’s in New Canaan.
“From Tuesday to Tuesday, that whole week, we were rocking,” said Papallo, manager of the Elm Street institution in downtown New Canaan. “The whole week was busy. There was not even a chance to go to the bathroom or have a timeout.”
With power knocked out to thousands of homes, many New Canaan and area residents visited Chicken Joe’s and other restaurants looking for fresh food. Family-size orders for lunch and dinner sold well, particularly the High School Special, Papallo said. “We were expecting it. We were ordered the food, and we had it ready.”
The staff at Cava Wine Bar and Restaurant was also active after Sandy, said Nube Siguenza, the restaurant’s owner and chef. “The only day we closed was last Monday, but we never lost power,” Siguenza said. After Sandy left town, “the whole dining room got full. People had to wait sometimes.”
Cava, located on Forest Street, also saw an uptick after Wednesday’s nor’easter. “Wednesday and Thursday, every day was very busy,” she said.
As expected, Weed and Duryea, New Canaan’s only hardware store, saw an influx of shoppers looking for storm-related supplies, even after Sandy was done, said Al Ely, a store employee. “It went absolutely fine,” Ely said. “We did fairly well, before, during and after the storm.”