‘We’re a powerful place.’


I’m a little peckish. Just as I was about to order lunch, I remembered — the traffic jam. Last night’s storms left many places without power, including Westchester Avenue, the street the Journal News lives off. (Since when is the neighborhood called <a href=”http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060719/UPDATE/607190404″ target=”_blank”> “Platinum Mile?â€? </a>

Anyway, no power, no traffic lights. That doesn’t fare well for my lunch delivery.I got curious about what other people were doing for lunch. So I called Eric Rosenbaum, the owner of <a href=” http://www.tayste.com/home.shtml” target=”_blank”> Tayste — that sleek new hot dog place on Mamaroneck Ave. </a> Even though the restaurant never lost power — “we are a powerful place,â€? he said — It sounded quiet. He said it was. “Definitely below average,â€? he said.

And, he said, not as many people as usual were walking around Mamaroneck Ave.

Janice Pestrak, the owner of Good to Go on Mamaroneck Ave. said business was a bit slower, too.

The conversation went something like this:

Me: “So you guys do have power, then?�
Janice: “Yes.�
Me: “But you’re not getting as many requests for deliveries.�
Janice: “Very few.�
Me: “Probably the traffic is too much?�
Janice starts laughing.
Me: “So maybe you wouldn’t go anyway.�
Janice is still laughing.
Janice: “Yeah. So either way.�

I’m headed to the corporate cafeteria.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. I had no idea how spotty the storm was…I went to Riviera Bakery in Ardsley to order cupcakes for my son’s birthday when I discovered they had no power either. Looks like I’m firing up my own oven!

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