November 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – After hearing of the impending hurricane, the owners of Darby Road decided to get a generator. ‘Initially, we only wanted to run the refrigerators so we would not lose any of our food,” said co-owner Joe Mortarula. However, after it became clear that the power was going to be out for some time, they decided to increase the number of generators and attempt to stay open.
“We could only have about 25% of our menu available and we could only deal in cash,” said Mortarula. “And, after we factor in the cost of doing this, I’m not sure we will have made any money, but we did provide a place for people to be that was warm and had lights! So, in effect, we gave them options.”
The local police and the crews working on the lights always took advantage of the oasis at Darby Road. “It was great that we could provide some semblance of normalcy,” said Mortarula.
Luckily, Darby Road was one of the first businesses on Park Avenue to receive full power and they are back to basics providing 100% of their menu at their regular hours.