Restaurant: Porter House New York
Location: Midtown Manhattan, New York
Years in Business: Six
Status: Open, no internet access.
Losses: Two days of service.
General Manager: Chris Miller
Prior to Sandy, had you ever had to deal with a disaster situation at this or any restaurant?
I was in Hurricane Katrina.
Wow. So, how did that inform what steps you and your staff took?
We just thought about the safety of our employees, first and foremost. We didn’t want anybody to get hurt. We just wanted them to be able to take care of their families and come back when they were able.
When did you shut the doors to prepare for the storm?
What have your post-Sandy reopening efforts entailed?
When we opened for Wednesday lunch, it was really about making sure the dining room was back in order. We had secured everything, so that if we did have anything blow out, the damage would be minimal.
What are some of the challenges you’re facing?
We do a lot of online reservations, and right now, we’re not able to do that. There are a lot of people in town for the race, and they are looking for restaurants, so we’d like them to know we are here to serve them.
How can diners help?