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Local pizza shop pushes through power outages

Southbridge resident Brian Rivera, 17, cooks on the grill at Zoe’s Pizza Friday, Nov. 4. Even with the recent storm, and subsequent blackouts, Zoe’s kept their grills running and their customers fed. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
November 08, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — While most local residents were trying to keep warm and comfortable during the power outages that followed the first snowstorm of the year, the employees at Zoe's Pizza were working hard to keep people fed while in the dark.

Zoe's owners George Karamanakis and his wife, Angela, said they were overwhelmed the first time they lost power on Sunday, Oct. 30.

George said as the flakes fell they still had several drivers on the road, and many orders to fill. But when the restaurant and many other homes and businesses in the Elm Street area lost power for the second time on Monday, Oct. 31, for about an hour, he said they found it more of a challenge then a burden to serve their dining room.

Winter Storm Alfred pounded towns throughout the area from Saturday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 31. Towns from Sturbridge through Spencer were hit with the heavy snow, which brought down power lines, tree branches and even entire trees. Mass power outages ensued, keeping some residents throughout New England in the dark for more than a week after the snow melted.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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