Some Wauwatosa businesses finally able to open up again after last week's storms
WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) - Some businesses are just now starting to open back up after powerful storms ripped through the Milwaukee area last week.
Cranky Al's in Wauwatosa opened its doors on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The popular donut shop had a rough go with those storms. The power was knocked out for about two days.
"Anything that had to be refrigerated or frozen, we lost it all. By the time we got the power on, things were moldy, things were fully defrosted," managing partner Joey Carioti said. "We threw out eight full dumpsters' worth of product."
That caused them to shut down the rest of the weekend. Carioti said they were unable to get enough product to open up immediately after the lights came back on.
"It was really tough for us to be able to bounce back from that, but we were actually able to get a delivery here yesterday and then prepped for the entire day for today," Carioti said.
He said customers were extremely understanding and supportive once they finally opened up again. Carioti estimated the damages are in the tens of thousands of dollars.
"We've gotten flowers today, we've gotten cards saying we're so happy you're back open," he said.
Rocket Baby Bakery, just across the street from Cranky Al's, opened up on Monday.
"As soon as we opened back up we were just slammed," barista Maya Smith said.
The bakery also lost nearly everything. The losses are still being calculated.
"I want to say I heard 20-thousand [dollars], but it was possibly more," Smith said.
Smith said it was tough to see the business lose so much.
"The only big loss while I've been here has been the pandemic, so it's been pretty crazy," Smith said.
Both businesses are working with insurance. They are hopeful it will cover most of their lost revenue.