Businesses React To Court Street Power Outage

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Court Street businesses forced to shut down early from the planned power outage, say it did not have a major impact on their business.

AEP scheduled the power outage from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday. The outage affected 55 customers, most of which are businesses.

At Brenen's Coffee Cafe, employees had to close the doors at 5:30, three and a half hours before their normal close.

Michael Carson, a Brenen's manager, said the power went out around six, but was only off for about an hour.

Other restaurants along that stretch said they lost power at different times throughout the night, and most said the power was not off for the entire five hours.

However, some businesses were not affected at all by the power outage and were able to stay open through the night.

Big Mamma's Burritos did not lose power and were able to stay open during their normal hours.

"I feel like it worked out in our favor. We didn't lose any business because of it and we kept rolling in burritos," said Vincent Moreland, a Big Mama's employees

AEP said they were working to improve reliability by replacing power poles and line equipment. Crews worked on overhead and underground power lines in the area.