Roanoke restaurant back to normal a year after derecho

Montano's International Restaurant lost $40,000 after last year's storm, according to its owner

Brendan King, WDBJ7 Intern Reporter
POSTED: 07:44 AM EDT Jun 28, 2013    UPDATED: 07:46 AM EDT Jun 28, 2013 
Montano's International Restaurant in Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. -

The one year anniversary of the derecho is Saturday.

The powerful wind storm knocked out power for thousands and destroyed several homes and businesses across the area.

One Roanoke business was hit especially hard.

Montano's International Restaurant had to throw money into the trash.

Now, things are back to normal.

“A year ago was a nightmare,” owner Marty Montano said.

On June 29, 2012, Montano was looking at empty shelves and empty tables.

“A lot of our food we make from scratch. We don't use preservatives or chemicals so it doesn't last. I lost a lot of product,” he said.

In fact, he says he lost around $40,000 of food and sales that week, but his restaurant was able to recover.

Others weren't so lucky.

Growlers in Tower's Shopping Center closed last month. It couldn't recover its losses from the storm.

“We've always been really consistent, very steady. We have a lot of loyal customers that continue to support us,” Montano said.

Around lunchtime Thursday, Montano's tables were full. Refrigerator's stocked, employees working hard.

Montano says there's much more than electricity to keep a restaurant's lights on.

“In other words, there are blessings, hard work, and dedicated people. When you have those three things working on your, behalf it's easy to make a comeback,” he said.

So, what if a derecho were to come through here next week?

Montano says he would call a refrigerator truck right away.