Vestal Business Hopes to Recover

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 13, 2006 at 12:13 AM EDT

Several weeks after the devastating floods, a business in Vestal is still struggling to recover.

The building is covered in mud and its future is even muddier.

This Vestal restaurant is taking a break after being ravaged by June's flooding.

Take A Break Restaurant on Vestal Road was condemned after the disaster.

An orange sticker from the Town of Vestal reads "Do Not Enter."

"Everything is gone. Everything," owner Ish Chopra said.

Chopra has owned this building for more than 20 years.

He says the devastation leaves him heartbroken.

"The odor inside the restaurant is so bad you could not walk in. You could not stay there for more than five minutes. You would have to go in with a mask," he said.

Take A Break Restaurant lost half a million dollars in equipment. Here in the kitchen, flood waters reached nearly nine feet high.

The floodwaters also dismantled the cooler from the building, sweeping it aside.

Refrigerators were tipped over, the power is still turned off.

And Chopra says just trying to clean up is a dangerous task.

"Inside the silt was so slippery you were walking on a glass sheet," he said.

And the road to recovery is slippery.

The sign outside says "Now Hiring"

But, Chopra doesn't know if the restaurant will ever re-open.

"Well, that's a good question. A million dollar question," he said.

Because it could take at least a million dollars to rebuild this restaurant once again.

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