more info about jeff grayson.......Jeff Grayson, owner of the Pizzeria Uno at Lake Buena Vista
As many as 1,000 Florida restaurants are closed and some may never reopen as a result of hurricane damage, according to the president of the Florida Restaurant Association.
That's left as many as 10,000 employees out-of-work.
Carol Dover said an exact accounting is almost impossible even several weeks after Hurricane Jeanne's departure. It is not known how may of those restaurants are in the Central Florida area.
Many restaurants don't have telephones or fax machines working.
"There are hundreds of restaurants we haven't been able to contact," Dover said.
The estimate of 500 to 1,000 closures is based on conversations with food vendors and other industry professionals, Dover said.
After Hurricane Ivan, the trade association contacted about 600 restaurants across the state and more than 90 percent of them had been affected in some degree, she said.
"Millions of dollars of spoiled food has been thrown away," Dover said. "Again, it's impossible to quantify, but it's there. No question, some will not reopen."
She said Jubilee's, a well-known restaurant at Pensacola Beach, was almost destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. The owner said Hurricane Opal in 1995 did more than $1 million in damage but that Ivan was worse, Dover said.
The restaurant association is sponsoring a "Dine Out For Disaster Relief Day" on Oct. 14 in which participating restaurants will donate a portion of their revenues to the Florida Disaster Relief Fund, which was established by Gov. Jeb Bush to help communities and citizens rebuild from the storms.
Dover said more than 1,200 restaurants have signed up to participate so far and Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has already contributed $1 million to the fund.
"Many of our members are earmarking money to the fund for other restaurants," she said. "They're helping rebuild their competitors."
Restaurant losses are expected to mount into the millions. Tampa-based Shells Seafood Restaurants Inc. alone last month estimated it took about a $1 million hit from lost sales and repair costs not covered by insurance.
One of its stores, at 221 S. Semoran Blvd. in Casselberry, was severely damaged by both fire and Hurricane Frances the weekend of Sept. 3.
While the fire may have been from an electrical short, the hurricane added substantial damage, said spokesman Rick Van Warner. The Casselberry restaurant has been closed more than a month. The goal is to reopen before Thanksgiving, Warner said.
Many other Central Florida restaurateurs took financial hits from the storms and several said business has lagged 25 percent to 30 percent since Hurricane Jeanne passed through.
Frank Abbinanti, owner of Frankies Big City Grille in Oviedo, said he was open only about three weeks before Hurricane Charley shut him down. He was without power for a week. Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne also shut him down for several days, he said.
Business is off about 30 percent, but Abbinanti said he expects things to pick up.
"I'll make it if we don't have any more of these [storms]," he said.
Chris Cascio, owner of Toucan Willies, a restaurant across Aloma Avenue from Frankies' Big City Grille, also lost about a dozen days of business from the three storms.
"We took a financial hit, but we have a loyal customer base," Cascio said.
Jeff Grayson, owner of the Pizzeria Uno at Lake Buena Vista, also suffered several days of business disruption with a loss of tourist traffic before the storms.
But he said business has been picking up.
"I believe things will be back to normal pretty quickly," he said.
Originally posted by recpools
i remember jeff grayson. how about alan crudale, ray degrange.... you remember dave swalick, he used to be the gm at west farms?????.
grayson is a franchise owner of pizza uno in orlando, i believe.
tres senyon was medium rare, senyone was medium, beonquite was well done. i know i am not spelling these right but they were french words. supplemont was subistitute fries for baker or vice versa.
yogi, were you a broiler chef, seems to me i remember your name.
also, remember chuck holmes???
Originally posted by yogi bear
hey guys i worked at york steak house in west farms mall 1976-1985,i was known as yogi.What a place we served over 300 customers an hour on fri and sat.we had contests with the yord steak houses in mass.I have so many stories,were else could you get a steak dinner for under 4bucks,does any one remember tresenyou,beonqui,so many baked potatoes,i remember so may things,i just ran into someone today i worked with in 1981.does anyone remember jeff grayson or his father,i shure do,i would like to hear from any x york steak house employees.i still have some of my cooking tongs.