A POWER blackout that lasted two-and-a-half hours in Port Fairy on Saturday afternoon cost a restaurant more than $5000 in lost trade.Other outlets in the busy holiday town were forced to serve lukewarm food and drinks in dimly-lit shops after a high-voltage cable on the town’s main line failed.Movie fans hoping to see The Dark Knight in the Riordan Theatre had to be content with only daylight while electronic doors and cash registers across town fell silent. The power outage affected 2877 customers extending from Yambuk to Dennington.Merrijig Inn owner Kirstyn White said all evening reservations had to be cancelled because of the duration of the blackout.”It was horrendous, very disappointing,” Ms White told The Standard yesterday. “We lost between $5000 and $6000 because we had to cancel our reservations. We lost a lot of food.”Because of the blackout we weren’t able to prepare our food to meet our usual high standards,” she said.”Our staff went home by 8.30pm.”We will be seeking compensation for the loss of restaurant income,” she said.At the busy Rebecca’s eatery, staff had to rely on honesty and memory after the ordering system went down.”It was a nightmare,” a spokesman said. “We’ll have to take a few losses.”Powercor said a cable in the 22-kilowatt feeder line failed just before 3pm. By 4.15pm there were still 1300 customers without power who had to wait until 5.30pm for electricity to flow again. Repair work continued until yesterday afternoon.”Powercor apologises for the blackout,” a spokesman said.Port Fairy hospital continued its normal routine with a back-up generator. Visitor information centre manager Andrea Lowenthal said the blackout caused a problem in closing the centre’s electronic doors.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.